How to Get it Done: Launch Right Into More Productive Habits Today with Tactics that Really Work

Coach Tony
Feb 19 · 2 min read

Most books on productivity are at least twice as long as they need to be. Some probably much more.

Why? Because the best systems are simple. A productivity tactic shouldn’t generate more work for you; it should help you get that work done.

And, frankly, too many authors waste your time with bits of philosophy, intricate arguments about why you should do it their way, or productivity pr0n that sends you off shopping for new glorious office supplies.

Today, two articles that get right to the heart of the matter: direct how-to’s on how to implement proven systems to manage the to-dos, inbound requests, and bits of information in your life. Read on to learn how to implement Inbox Zero as a strong habit and a how replicate a tech innovator’s index card system on the very web he practically created.


How to Build the Inbox Zero Habit in Exactly 21 Days

A complete and tested system for taking control of your emails

The best way is to treat this article like a 21-day course. Set aside 15–20
minutes every day
for the next 21 days. If possible, aim for a consistent
time each day. Take the day’s action, close the article, and get on with your day. Some days are literally “don’t do’s”, and although it might be tempting to skip ahead to the next day, there is genuine value to you in taking a little victory each day and making small steps. Trust the process, because habit beats motivation and we really want Inbox Zero to become a habit. Read more.


Implement the Marc Andreessen Productivity System in Trello

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always struggled to find a to-do list system that worked for me. It wasn’t until I came across this post by Marc Andreessen that I realized what I was doing wrong. Marc Andreessen is one of the original creators of the World Wide Web, is a co-founder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, and is a certified billionaire. In his post, he details a productivity system where he keeps no schedule and only three lists.

I’ve transformed Marc Andreessen’s brilliant old-school index card system into a modern digital version using Trello (which is free). It has worked brilliantly for me, and I hope it does for you too. Read more.

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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.

Coach Tony

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Evangelist for great coaches and excellent personal development advice. CEO/Founder of Coach.me. Publisher of Better Humans & Better Programming.

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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