According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Tuesdays are the most productive day of the week (with Fridays being least). This makes sense to me in my job as the Executive Director for the YMCA. Mondays seem to be dealing with issues from the weekend, catching up on things I did not do last Friday, and getting back into the groove. Wednesdays are church nights in our area, so programming is limited; Thursdays seem to be a great day to schedule meetings, lunches, and dealing with general operations. Fridays are Fridays. That leaves Tuesdays to get something done.
I recently read The Information Diet, by Clay Johnson. Clay actually tweeted to me as I started his book, affirming me: “@cjoh: @sdavria if you’re hanging out with your family, you’re already on a good information diet.” However, some new insights I’ve accepted include:
An Information Diet Schedule:
- 7-8AM: consume information (news, social media, non-fiction)
- 10:30-11:30AM: check email for the first time that day
- 2:30-3:30PM: check email for the last time that day
- 8:00-10:00PM: passively consume entertainment (television, films, etc)
- 10:00-11:00PM: read fiction
All other times of the day: produce (write, make, create), socialize, eat, exercise, relax
Download Rescue Time: Not for those wanting to maintain privacy. Rescuetime analyzes everything you do on your computer, scoring your time wasted (negative points for facebook, YouTube) through productive (positive points for spreadsheet and power point programs). Daily and weekly summaries show how and when you are the most productive. Knowledge is half the battle. The other half is the ability for Rescue Time to actually lock you out of websites during certain times of the day. Cost: free for basic version
SaneBox: A very cool email feature. SaneBox is an email filtering system. By analyzing your past email history (who you reply to, how long your read certain emails, what you delete), SaneBox allows your most important emails to come through at real time, holds certain ones to a daily digest where you read them all once per day, and dumps the rest. It’s rather easy to customize settings. Another interesting feature is the ability get notifications if you have not received a reply email within so many hours or days and the option to have certain messages resent to your email on a certain date and time. Cost: free two week trial, $4.95 a month after.