Cogitorama, a tool to raise your self-awareness

When I was a student, I was too lazy to write entire journal entries but I still wanted to develop my self awareness.

In my journal, I would write just a few keywords that best described what was on my mind at the time instead of writing a full blown entry.

That’s how the concept of Cogitorama was born.

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How to instantly increase your productivity today using the Pomodoro technique

Today people suffer from the lack of focus when working, and often without realizing it. They would multi-task, they would get interrupted, they would think of other things they need to do while doing something else, etc…

The Pomodoro technique is a simple technique that has helped everyone I suggested it to.

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Productivity strategies of super achievers (video)

I found a great video with Darren Hardy than lay down a list of actionable techniques that will help you get more done of the the right stuff.

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How to set the synchronization between Google Calendar and WeekPlan

UPDATE: this is no longer the recommended way to set up synchronization between Google Calendar and WeekPlan. We have built an in-app integration instead. You can access from within your workspace settings.

 

Simple Google Calendar synchronization can be set if you upgrade your WeekPlan account to PRO. This is a little tutorial to show you how to see all the tasks you create inside WeekPlan in Google Calendar.

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How to set the synchronization between Google Tasks and WeekPlan

Google Tasks synchronization is a feature available in the PRO plan of WeekPlan. This is how to set up the synchronization in WeekPlan.

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New version: Email reminders, SMS reminders, and Time on Tasks

New features

You can now show and hide the goals panel.
You can now set a time interval for a task.
You can request to receive an email reminder for a given task.

New PRO features

You can request to receive an SMS reminder.

Improvements

The Edit window for tasks has been improved.
Goals are hidden by default on mobile.

Bug fixes

Replies to emails are now working again (they stopped working for 9 days).

Tips for the weekplan power user

Here are a few hidden gems you might find useful when using WEEK PLAN:

1. To set the priority of a task. when writing the task, type ! and you will be suggested “quadrants” (Quadrant I and III will show the task in red).

2. To associate a task to a role, when writing the task, type @ and you will be suggested the list of roles.

3. If you put a url in a task, it will be converted to a clickable [link] for you

4. Using the “: ” notation, you can create some kind of tag. I personally use it to specify what time a task should be done. (ex: 14pm: Do something) or to categorize my tasks (ex: FIX: This is a bug 3!).

5. End a task with “…” to show the Edit dialog straight away to enter more details about the task.

The fastest way to add a task to weekplan from anywhere (SMS integration)

My goal with weekplan and the mobile world is to make it very fast to add a new task. I want it to be possible to be in the middle of a discussion and to quickly jot down a task without having to wait ages for the app to start. At the moment, the mobile app/view is not a reflection of that vision. It still takes too long to load (which I am hoping to improve once I introduce the offline mode). But I have found a great alternative, which speed is hard to beat: adding a task via SMS is almost as fast as writing it on a paper notebook. (more…)

How to break bad habits (video)

Habits are powerful and a double edged sword. Good habits make us do good things without needing any willpower. Bad habits make us do bad things, and we usually need a lot of willpower to undo them.

This great animated video from Epipheo explains how habits work and how you can acquire new habits.

How to hack your to-do list (video)

This great video explains some great concepts to use when using Week Plan, like why it is important to dump all your tasks out of your mind.