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#ProdChat, the Productivity Chat -- Family Edition

This week, in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT, I thought it was appropriate to discuss the all-important topic of family and productivity! We delve into how productive we can help make our family be with great mindsets and strategies for tackling the productivity challenges we face, together.

Storified by Ray Sidney-Smith· Thu, Dec 20 2012 14:01:06

Last week's #ProdChat transcript in case you missed it.
#ProdChat for December 12, 2012 http://sfy.co/fCZ9 #gtdRay Sidney-Smith
And now this week's #prodchat transcript - family and productivity...
Welcome, everyone, to tonight's Productivity chat! Tonight we'll be discussing family and productivity. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@apinaud Hello, sir. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Q1: What is the biggest challenge with keeping your family getting things done? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg hello Kenna. How are you doing? #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @rsidneysmith: Welcome, everyone, to tonight's Productivity chat! Tonight we'll be discussing family and productivity. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @rsidneysmith: Q1: What is the biggest challenge with keeping your family getting things done? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@rsidneysmith that's a good topic! #prodchatKenna Griffin
A1. Does work family count? ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @rsidneysmith: Welcome, everyone, to tonights Productivity chat! Tonight well be discussing family and productivity. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud fabulous, thanks. I just got home from my mother-in-law's retirement party. How great is that? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg I thought it was most apropos to show the importance of family after the tragedy last week in CT. #26acts #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg I most certainly think work family counts! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: Remembering who needs to be where and wearing what uniform. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A1: It's crazy when activities (like ball practices) overlap. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A1: I find it most difficult in coordinating family communication. Everyone has their own preferences and schedules and... #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: the biggest challenge is not to use any word that may mean productivity. We don't do weekly review. We do family time. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Correction: @michgunn I most certainly think work family counts! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: Figuring out when/how to have dinner with all of the other stuff. #prodchatKenna Griffin
MT @apinaud: A1: ... is not to use any word that may mean productivity. We dont do weekly review. We do family time. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: My family is allergic to any productivity word. I know it is ironic #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@apinaud The language you use (or avoid) with your family (rather, everyone) is so important! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1. it's challenging to keep everyone engaged collectively when they're distracted by other shiny things more personally relevant #prodchatMichelle Gunn
For those out there interested in #productivity, come join us over in the Productivity Chat using the hashtag: #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Q2: What are some things that you've done to overcome your own (or others') mentioned challenges? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: We decided to have one of us coordinating all those family things. We play strengths in our family.#ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn do you find that it is environmental or cultural within the "family?" #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A1: The Coordinator is responsible to make sure that everyone get the information in the way that works for the others #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @apinaud: A1: We decided to have one of us coordinating all those family things. We play strengths in our family.#Prodchat #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@apinaud That's a great idea, Augusto! It is like having a translator on duty at all times. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A2: Instead of try all to be responsible for everything, we have one responsible #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith Cultural, for sure. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg A2: Have you tried using @Springpad or another tool to manage meals, or even just a shared Google Calendar? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A2: the best way to overcome things is play each family member strengths and get responsibilities assigned that way #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith lol. Does @springpad cook? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg A2: For my younger siblings, we used a dry erase board for each kid, noting what they needed every day! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith @profkrg We have a shared calendar per color. Each member had a color. We also had a color for family events #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Hey everyone - sorry we're late. @juliaroy and I were on the road, driving in WI. #prodchatWorkHacks
@rsidneysmith Perfect topic, Ray. Since the next two weeks, I'll be helping various family members with #productivity. #prodchatClay Hebert
Hi @workhacks! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn Hi! Glad to have you here. #prodchatWorkHacks
@WorkHacks Great to have you and @juliaroy join us...from WI! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A2: for the things I want my 4yo to do I use pictures. I have one for showering routine, you know teeth, take clothe to damper#ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@profkrg No, LOL. @Springpad doesn't cook, but have you tried http://letsdish.com? It works wonders for my accountant & her fam! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Q3: Where did you learn your #productivity habits? Do you believe your family contributed mostly? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@clayhebert Yeah, I thought it was appropriate. Part homage to #26acts and the holiday week upcoming! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
That's brilliant! MT @apinaud: for the things I want my 4yo to do I use pictures. ... showering routine, teeth, clothes to damper #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A3: I began with with Covey and had more than 10 years collecting tricks. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
RT @rsidneysmith: Q2: What are some things that you've done to overcome your own (or others') mentioned challenges? #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @rsidneysmith: Q3: Where did you learn your #productivity habits? Do you believe your family contributed mostly? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@apinaud That is a brilliant approach! #prodchatGingerbreadRegina
A3: unfortunately, my mother is extremely unorganized. I learned a lot of bad habits from her. #prodchatKenna Griffin
A3: While I don't like to admit it, I learned so much of my work(aholic) ethic from my mother. :-P #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A3: I learn that you waste time looking for hours to save, but gain when you eliminate wasted minutes. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
A3. Not from my family. Definitely not. :) #prodchatClay Hebert
A3. I think my productivity habits formed in school, and somewhat in spite of my family. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A3. I've always tried to hack better ways to do things but think the first time I read #gtd it ignited my passion for productivity #prodchatClay Hebert
RT @apinaud: A3: I learn that you waste time looking for hours to save, but gain when you eliminate wasted minutes. #ProdchatKenna Griffin
A3. I was remembering recently just how organized I was as a kid, painstakingly outlining my essays and book reports! ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A3b: But, starting in 1993-4, I got heavily into Covey's 7 Habits and then in 2001 I started #GTD. So, it's been an evolution. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@michgunn I used to be meticulous with my penmanship in third grade to point my teacher had to intervene (taking my protractor!). #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A3: My dad is dangerously allergic to any kind of Organization. So I am sure it did not came form there #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
A3. I went to college for fine art and discovered what I loved about it was the process... I'm all about process. :) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @clayhebert: A3. Ive always tried to hack better ways to do things but ... #gtd ... ignited my passion for #productivity #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@ScarletRegina that work as well as the promise that if the world end she not need to clean her room ever again. Otherwise... #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
A little late to the party today. How's everybody? #prodchatSrinivas Rao
@rsidneysmith Ha! Yes, I was too. But thank God! As a result my penmanship is still pretty legible these days. ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@skooloflife Srini in the house! #prodchatClay Hebert
I'm going to say something super controversial here... GTD = not so much for me. #prodchatKenna Griffin
For those who feel like it wasn't family, was it was a response to not wanting to be disorganized like them? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@skooloflife Great to have you join us, Srini! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@skooloflife good to see you. Any chance are you giving me reading material for Xmas? #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn @rsidneysmith My penmanship = exactly like my Dad's. Block letters. All caps. My 2 brothers = chicken scratches. :) #prodchatClay Hebert
@apinaud actually yes I owe you some. send me an email srinirao at gmail #ProdchatSrinivas Rao
@apinaud in the spirit of my making commitments comment earlier I'll ermail you back this evening #ProdchatSrinivas Rao
@profkrg GTD is not for everyone, because not everyone wants GTD. ;-) #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
See now this is funny... most people here didn't have organized parents, from what I'm reading... so we went to the other extreme? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Q4: What are some best-practices for keeping the family moving forward when in high stress moments? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg GTD is not for everyone. Like Pomodoro isn't either. The important is discover what work for you. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
Hi, Srini! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@clayhebert @michgunn That's so interesting...I have my mother's penmanship to the T..and P...and M... LOL. Identical. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith @clayhebert Whoa! Me too! But I think that's from forging notes for school. Whatnow? No, I didn't just say that... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg But, seriously on the topic of #GTD, I really think that for you it's all about building your system on the principles. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith it just seems too... formal for me. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@skooloflife done #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@michgunn that seems likely. Do the opposite of our parents. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg I wish my parents had taught me to tackle long term projects more #prodchatSrinivas Rao
@profkrg I can see how you might think that, but I think like Ray said, you make GTD as simple as it needs to be for you. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@michgunn hey, good to see you here :) #prodchatSrinivas Rao
A4: Like what any good lawyer would say, plan now so you're prepared for the worst. I'm all about having contingency plans. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Yeah, I think so. Definitely in my case. ;) RT @profkrg: @michgunn that seems likely. Do the opposite of our parents. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
RT @michgunn: I can see how you might think that, but I think like Ray said, you make GTD as simple as it needs to be for you. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
My one GTD tip. Make Less commitments. Keep all of them. Rinse, Wash Repeat until it's a habit #prodchatSrinivas Rao
Ditto! And, school for that matter! RT @skooloflife: @profkrg I wish my parents had taught me to tackle long term projects more #prodchatMichelle Gunn
A4b: So, having rendezvous, fire escape, when-we're-late and free-weekend plans work for me...not always for my family! :-P #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@skooloflife I wish I knew more about keeping an organized house. I try, but I'm a closet slob. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @rsidneysmith: Q4: What are some best-practices for keeping the family moving forward when in high stress moments? #prodchatKenna Griffin
Oh and what's that saying? Planning is about preparedness (having thought it through), the plan usually goes out the window. #prodchatMichelle Gunn
Actually, that's not the saying at all, but I think it's the meaning... ;) #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg @skooloflife I cannot speak more highly of One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds. #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Love that! RT @skooloflife: My one GTD tip. Make Less commitments. Keep all of them. Rinse, Wash Repeat until its a habit #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg bird by bird my friend. Have you ever check fly lady? It is all about little tricks #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@apinaud I have not. Is it a blog? #prodchatKenna Griffin
A4c: For example, I have a faint response to blood (don't laugh), everyone at home/work know what to do if I/they get cut! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Q5: What are some family activities that are both productive and fun for the holidays? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Good advice! RT @skooloflife: My one GTD tip. Make Less commitments. Keep all of them. Rinse, Wash Repeat until its a habit #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
See http://www.flylady.net RT @profkrg: @apinaud I have not. Is it a blog? #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@rsidneysmith A5. Go through the house and garage and get rid of stuff. Goodwill. Salvation Army, etc. #prodchatClay Hebert
RT @rsidneysmith: Q5: What are some family activities that are both productive and fun for the holidays? #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg For house organization, take a look at @JulieMorgenstrn 's Organization From the Inside Out. Great tips on setting areas #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg I don't use it. But had checked in the past and pick a couple of good tips http://www.flylady.net/ #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith Or sell on eBay / CL and use the $$ to do family experiences. Experiences are ALWAYS more memorable than "stuff". #prodchatClay Hebert
Exactly what I was thinking. @rsidneysmith A5. Go through the house/garage and get rid of stuff. Goodwill. Salvation Army, etc. #prodchat”Kenna Griffin
@profkrg what's #prodchat ?audaciouslady
@apinaud thanks! I'll check it out. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg ... zones for things. Really makes so much sense. Applies to closets and other areas too... #prodchatMichelle Gunn
MT @clayhebert ... Experiences are ALWAYS more memorable than "stuff". // Great sentiment! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
A5: Make a bucket lists. Make a goal list. Open it in 12 months and have fun. You will be surprised #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
A5: I'm going to hopefully bake cupcakes and some pies with my niece and nephew, then they'll get to decorate them! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Out of curiosity, are your spouses organized? #prodchatKenna Griffin
interesting question RT @profkrg: Out of curiosity, are your spouses organized? #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@profkrg I may need @rsidneysmith to clarify the correct law, but answer your question will imply getting myself into hot waters. #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith Sounds like fun, Ray! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
We're out of time, but join us again next week at the same time (8pm EST) for our next #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
Thanks, everyone! It was fun, as always! Happy holidays! #prodchatMichelle Gunn
@apinaud @rsidneysmith Just thinking that two people in my household are super unorganized, one very and one semi. Challenging. #prodchatKenna Griffin
I wish everyone who's celebrating the upcoming holiday week to have a great time with your family and loved ones! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@profkrg @apinaud It sounds like a great opportunity to take up a #productivity challenged together as a couple for 2013! #prodchatRay Sidney-Smith
@audaciouslady a chat on productivity. It's fabulous! I've learned a lot. #prodchatKenna Griffin
Merry Xmas to all #ProdchatAugusto Pinaud
@rsidneysmith I'll check it out! Thanks so much for the advice. #prodchatKenna Griffin
@profkrg is it over ? #prodchataudaciouslady
RT @WorkHacks: Hey everyone - sorry we're late. @juliaroy and I were on the road, driving in WI. #prodchatKesten Sinclair
Sorry I'm late! RT @apinaud: A5: Make a bucket lists. Make a goal list. Open it in 12 months and have fun. You will be surprised #ProdchatMike Vardy
RT @apinaud: A2: Instead of try all to be responsible for everything, we have one responsible #ProdchatMary Katharine
@audaciouslady yes. It's 7-8 p.m. CST Wednesdays. #prodchatKenna Griffin
RT @skooloflife: My one GTD tip. Make Less commitments. Keep all of them. Rinse, Wash Repeat until it's a habit #prodchatEva Jensen
Amen! RT @skooloflife: My one GTD tip. Make Less commitments. Keep all of them. Rinse, Wash Repeat until it's a habit #prodchatMiguel Ferreira