Manage the Firehose or it will manage you

Mathew Lowry
Jun 14, 2015 · 11 min read

There is only more Firehose

Morning guy

You finish breakfast and open your Inboxes and the Firehose explodes across your screen, a whole night’s worth of pressure bursting through

suddenly it’s 11am, and you’ve lost the best part of the day

Three techniques and some tools

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3 productivity techniques, supported by interconnected online tools

Time: Work with your brain’s rhythm

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My Ideal Day has three core periods

Ringfence your most focused period for your Most Important Task (MIT)

Stand Pause

Afternoon

Morning and Afternoon Routines

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Control the Time Vampires: uncage them only during Morning and Afternoon Routines

those messages flooding your Inboxes are Time Vampires

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Morning and Afternoon Routines exist in both Calendar and GTD app

I can trust my process and focus my morning on my MIT with a ‘mind like water’

ToDos: Scan — Queue — Store — Share

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GTD also drives your Inbox management

Scan your Inboxes

almost nothing in your Inbox requires an immediate answer.

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When you open an Inbox, Scan it

Limit Morning Routine to an Emergency Scan

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Morning scans identify emergencies only

Queue stuff to be Read & Done

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Non-emergency? Takes more than 2 minutes? Add it to one of two Queues

Read and Store in your Personal Library

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Useful read? Store it where you’ll be able to find it (much) later

Share it

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IFTTT recipes, triggered by certain tags, share the resource for you

the entire Firehose is channeled into your ToDos and personal Library, from which you Share selected resources with zero additional effort

Afternoon Routine

As I start the afternoon routine

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The Afternoon Routine includes assigning ToDos for that afternoon and tomorrow morning’s Most Important Task

Recurring daily tasks

Weekly review

And then I get on with the rest of the day

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Mathew Lowry

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Piloting innovative online communications since 1995. Media, technology, society, science. Founder: MyHub.ai. Personal Hub: https://myhub.ai/@mathewlowry/

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Mathew Lowry

Written by

Piloting innovative online communications since 1995. Media, technology, society, science. Founder: MyHub.ai. Personal Hub: https://myhub.ai/@mathewlowry/

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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