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#ProdChat for December 12, 2012

Free for all #prodchat!

Storified by Ray Sidney-Smith· Thu, Dec 13 2012 16:16:50

I'm excited to see what the topic is tonight. Love #prodchat! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Hi! RT @nmhouston: @apinaud @michgunn Im here too #prodchatMichelle Gunn
prodchat? #prodchatGTDbloke
@nmhouston hi Natalie #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
don't know if we have hosts tonight . . . but we could always discuss amongst ourselves. topics? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Seems like I miss the memo, if you guys are OK we can do an unofficial #Prodchat I am willing to do the questions if you guys are okAugusto Pinaud
That sounds like fun! I just dm'd workhacks and ray. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A question on my mind lately: Does your productivity change with the seasons? if so, how do you adapt? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A question on my mind lately: Does your productivity change with the seasons? if so, how do you adapt? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston I see that we think alike #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn is there a prodchat?GTDbloke
UQ1: What is the weird context you have ever used? #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@apinaud as teacher for 20+ years I like to stir up conversation :) #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
My productivity stays the same, but I use "closed" time to get some extra admin type stuff accomplished. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
I have never tied with the seasons, but I need to look at the stuff every six months in super detail #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston please do, I read your question after I shoot mine. I will. Follow your lead :) #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Seasonal change for me requires different habits -- i.e., getting up at 5:30 is much harder in December than in June! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Hmmm... weirdest context... "anti-procrastinate" (inspired by http://asianefficiency.com) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@TaraRodden is this prodchat?GTDbloke
@michgunn would you say more about your anti-procrastinate context? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston That's interesting. I hadn't thought about that and it's affect. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
I'm assuming @apinaud that you meant #GTD contexts in your question? which for the uninitiated = environment for a task list #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Sure. didn't work very well for me. Just because I wouldn't look at my system when I would procrastinate. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: A question on my mind lately: Does your productivity change with the seasons? if so, how do you adapt? #prodchatLee Skallerup
same thing is true for some people at the other end of the day in winter -- it's dark so you just want to go home, not to the gym #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston correct. Contexts in the GTD sense #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
maybe anti-procrastinate is "just do it"? #prodchatGTDbloke
@michgunn I have what I call my zombie list -- useful tasks I can do even if feeling undead http://bit.ly/SSlAT3 #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn I have what I call my zombie list -- useful tasks I can do even if feeling undead http://bit.ly/SSlAT3 #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn Am I slow, dim, or procrastinating? #prodchatGTDbloke
yeah, anti-procrastinate sounded like a great idea. I keep trying different ones like "brain dead", but again... I don't use it :( #prodchatMichelle Gunn
ok, @apinaud since you asked the question...do you have a weird #GTD context? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston I begin my day at 4:00am and love the work at those hours. What change it is my in bed time. Summer is always later #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
:) RT @GTDbloke: @michgunn Am I slow, dim, or procrastinating? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: @michgunn I have what I call my zombie list -- useful tasks I can do even if feeling undead http://bit.ly/SSlAT3 #prodchatlindalevitt
procrastinate: when you just don't do it or organize it (GTD)? #prodchatGTDbloke
@Ignore had been the weirdest one I have ever created. Didn't survive long, but I checked that one more often than others #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@readywriting this time of year it's helpful to think thru all the different roles/parts of yr life to make choices #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
HA!! MT @apinaud: @Ignore had been the weirdest one... Didnt survive long, but I checked that one more often than others #prodchatMichelle Gunn
anti-procrastinate also relieves strain on you as you ahve the comfort of knowing it's taken care of #prodchatGTDbloke
@apinaud perhaps it is natural to want/need more sleep in the darker months #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Agreed, Natalie. I'm trying to plan 2013 now and reevaluate my current "areas of focus/responsibilities" (GTD) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
remember it's the planning and not the plan that has the real value #prodchatGTDbloke
@GTDbloke Have you used a "anti-procrastinate" type of context and made it work for you? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
For some reason when gets dark outside I want to shut down At summer at 9 pm there is good light... Bt regardless I wake at 4am #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Absolutely! RT @GTDbloke: remember its the planning and not the plan that has the real value #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn yes - I either force myself reject it, to do it or "plan it" (GTD) #prodchatGTDbloke
I've always liked the someday/never #GTD context -- a place to put things that are just ideas #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn I think it was DWE that said the plan for D Day was useless; the planning invaluable #prodchatGTDbloke
RT @GTDbloke: remember it's the planning and not the plan that has the real value #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
:) I think that's someday/maybe. But Augusto suggests a never list and I have to say I love that! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Another question: What are your favorite strategies to break through resistance to a task? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Oh, good one! RT @nmhouston: Another question: What are your favorite strategies to break through resistance to a task? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
isn't a never list a non sequitur? #prodchatGTDbloke
When I finally realize I'm resisting, I take some time to figure out the root cause. I use journaling now. Super helpful for me. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn oops, you're right of course! someday/maybe #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I love the category Someday/Never! :) RT @nmhouston: @michgunn oops, youre right of course! someday/maybe #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn @nmhouston with me it comes down to self discipline #prodchatGTDbloke
@gtdbloke actually a true never list is really useful though it's not a GTD list. A way of reminding yourself of boundaries, etc #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
A2: since I work mostly on the iPad, when I need extra help I use "Guide Access". This help me to stay on task #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn @nmhouston yup #prodchatGTDbloke
But it's not always easy to recognize my own resistance to a task... that's a skill all on it's own. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn second that -- journaling is really helpful. Because resistance is a signal, telling you something. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn do you use any app for journaling? I use #dayone #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn @nmhouston maybe wishlist - hopefully not a euphemism for never #prodchatGTDbloke
@apinaud you know, I've been curious about Day One, but I really like the connection of hand to paper. Makes me think slower. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
I journal by hand -- neurologically, writing longhand has different effects in the brain than typing -- for me, helps go deeper #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I journal by hand -- neurologically, writing longhand has different effects in the brain than typing -- for me, helps go deeper #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
resistance - I have to pay attention a tendency to think or schedule isn't a substitute for action #prodchatGTDbloke
Yes! MT @nmhouston: actually a true never list is really useful... A way of reminding yourself of boundaries, etc #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn I journal on day one, and add stars to those that I think I need to go back and work on them #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@apinaud what do you like about the dayone app? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
so true! MT @gtdbloke:a tendency to think or schedule isn't a substitute for action #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston the problem is I have a really poor handwriting. I am not a doctor, and my doctor handwrite better than I can #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
so - a never list is a way of self-documenting what you won't/can't do? #prodchatGTDbloke
@nmhouston I like the fact that it is always with me, it is a simple interface but allow me to mark the ones to revisit #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@gtdbloke or a list of things to say No to -- putting those lessons or choices down concretely helps put into practice #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@apinaud that does sound useful if you go back to it. My journal writing is more about the process, insights at that moment. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Yeah, I use the never list to remind myself of things I don't want to do ever again... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston @apinaud Me too. But I'm now considering quarterly reviews of my journal to pick up patterns I might not have noticed #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston Mine definitely does! My work cycle and my seasonal energy dictate my productivity. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@nmhouston sometimes I mark AHA! Moments and review them later. I love that feature #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
well gang I'm going to call this an early night #prodchatGTDbloke
Thanks for everyone taking the reins tonight on #prodchat! Even without a host, you guys are still amazing productivityists! ;-) Ray Sidney-Smith
That sounds great! RT @apinaud: @nmhouston sometimes I mark AHA! Moments and review them later. I love that feature #prodchatMichelle Gunn
ok, #productivity fans: what is your favorite form of calendar for planning the year ahead? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn I have a #context called Journal where those patterns get captured for development #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
Night, @GTDbloke. Thanks for hanging with us! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@gtdbloke thanks for stopping by! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@rsidneysmith too kind #prodchatGTDbloke
OH! That's brilliant! Stealing... RT @apinaud: I have a #context called Journal where those patterns get captured for development #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud that's a great idea #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I like paper calendars for planning the year. Specifically a 6-month per page view (letter sized) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: I journal by hand -- neurologically, writing longhand has different effects in the brain than typing -- for me, helps go deeper #prodchatJustin O'Hearn
For calendar plan ahead David Seah Excel Form #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
hey @rsidneysmith glad you could stop by this free-form #prodchat!Natalie M. Houston
Will have to check that out. RT @apinaud: For calendar plan ahead David Seah Excel Form #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@GTDbloke have a good night #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn super simple but I can have it on Numbers on iPhone and iPad #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston What's yours? RT: ok, #productivity fans: what is your favorite form of calendar for planning the year ahead? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud Ah! Yes. I think, again, it's the pen (or pencil, in this case) to paper for me. Makes me think in a different way. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
I use google calendar for day to day, but like a year at a glance wall calendar for long range planning. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I'm going to try a dry erase year calendar for 2013 and see if that helps me use it more/better #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I also use a digital calendar for day to day (exchange for multi-platform access) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
That sounds fun! RT @nmhouston: Im going to try a dry erase year calendar for 2013 and see if that helps me use it more/better #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston I use @tonyrobbins NYR template system from many years ago...but I've modified until it doesn't look like it anymore. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@michgunn sometimes I can get hung up on wanting paper cal to look neat and therefore don't write as much as I could on it #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
I've been dying to paint a wall with writeboard paint. I've been wanting to think on a huge surface and paper doesn't cut it. :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston Yeah, I get that. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston I also use a Life Plan template that I start in November of every year (instead of starting my "new year" in January)...#prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith sorry, what's NYR? new year review? #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@rsidneysmith NYR? New Year's resolution? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@nmhouston NYR = New Year's Resolutions #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Yeah, that would have made more sense. ;) Ha! RT @nmhouston: @rsidneysmith sorry, whats NYR? new year review? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn you can also purchase stick-on (and removable) whiteboard decals for the walls #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Whiteboard paint is a great idea, @michgunn. The writing center I used to work in had chalk board paint. #prodchatKaren Beth Strovas
Oh, I guessed right? wow... Natalie's guess made more sense to me. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@rsidneysmith so you really get a jump on the new year, starting in November! awesome. #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@michgunn my daughter will approve on the wall idea :) I will never be able to read what I just wrote :( #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
@nmhouston: Decals?! OH!!! I have not seen that! Thanks for sharing! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn yeah, like these: http://amzn.to/W7i7ks #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston Yes! I dislike the idea of trying to plan for a calendar year when I don't work! It's planning on my own terms! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
That rocks! Thanks so much! RT @nmhouston: @michgunn yeah, like these: http://amzn.to/W7i7ks #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: @michgunn yeah, like these: http://amzn.to/W7i7ks #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@michgunn sure! you'll have to tell us how it works for you! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston @michgunn I'm so going to have to look at this later when I'm assembling the transcript! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Planning the new year in November makes a lot of sense to me. Sounds like a great way to get a jump start before January #prodchatMichelle Gunn
will do :) RT @nmhouston: @michgunn sure! youll have to tell us how it works for you! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Well, you all get a gold star for handling #prodchat tonight! We'll back for another great convo next week! Thanks, everyone!Ray Sidney-Smith
as always, I learned a lot and really enjoyed #prodchat!Natalie M. Houston
This was good fun! Thanks for chatting freestyle! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Ditto! :) RT @nmhouston: as always, I learned a lot and really enjoyed #prodchat! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@rsidneysmith perhaps the sign of a successful tweetchat is when it runs itself :) #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
Thanks @nmhouston for leading tonight! You rock! #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @nmhouston: @rsidneysmith perhaps the sign of a successful tweetchat is when it runs itself :) #prodchatAugusto Pinaud
And ditto to that, as well! :) RT @apinaud: Thanks @nmhouston for leading tonight! You rock! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Have a great week, everyone! :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud thanks! but it was really a group effort! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston I missed #prodchat but I use a large 4 month dry erase cal and it really helps w/ deadlines and w/ planning starting deadlines.Jodi A. Campbell
I'm sad that I missed #prodchat.Kenna Griffin
.@nmhouston You know, I've never really been all that organized. Maybe I'll take on some suggestions from this #prodchat.Justin O'Hearn
@justinohearn it's a great chat, every Wed evening. Storify should go up tomorrow #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@profkrg we missed you too! There's always next week! #prodchatNatalie M. Houston
@nmhouston Thanks! I was being productive. I was writing the last final exam of the semester. Of course, it's tomorrow morning. #prodchatKenna Griffin
So tempting! @kbostrovas: Whiteboard paint is a great idea, @michgunn. The writing center I used to work in had chalk board paint. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @nmhouston: @rsidneysmith perhaps the sign of a successful tweetchat is when it runs itself :) #prodchatGTDbloke
Is it much easier to adopt productivity in a small one/few person enterprise? Is what we discuss as relevant to big orgs? #prodchatGTDbloke