I've used many todo lists and project management applications throughout the years, but a clear winner has emerged for organizing all the lists in my life. From designing software at Harvest to managing my grocery list, Asana provides a perfect blend of ease, flexibility, and mobility for "life management". I'd like to share some of the ways I use Asana in my life and hopefully inspire some ways that you can use it in yours.
I'm always looking for ways to streamline my workflow, reduce clutter, and eliminate distractions. I've been effective in this quest throughout recent years, but I find myself paying more attention to email than is preferable. There are plenty of messages that can wait until the end of the day. However, others demand a more immediate response. Perhaps there's a pull request that needs my review or a new issue that's been assigned to me in Kaizen or Zendesk. Many of these can also wait, but wouldn't it be great to address them without introducing the unnecessary distractions that accompany the routine checking of email?
Throughout the past year, I've consistently found myself falling behind on current news. I still blame Google for killing PostRank and making it more of a pain to sift through my 100+ feeds in Google Reader, but I haven't lost hope just yet. I've tried Fever as an alternative, but it just didn't meet my needs.
It's hard to believe that I've been at Harvest for a month, but time flies when life is good. Looking back on my first four weeks has provided me with some insights about why my experience has been so enjoyable. I want to share a few of them as a pat on the back to my teammates and also as inspiration for other companies. Happy employees are productive employees!
The iPad 3 is here! If you were lucky enough to snag one of these cool, new gadgets last week, you're now viewing your email, news, ebooks, and videos on a high-resolution retina display. Consumption never looked so good!
But there's one feature Tim Cook didn't share during the keynote. Yes, that's right. You've just adopted a shiny, new form of distraction. Congratulations!
Full disclosure: I own a MacBook Pro, iPad 2, and iPhone 4S. I'm among you.
Thursday's release served as a gentle reminder that it is far too easy to connect to the outside world these days. I won't argue against the usefulness of mobile devices, but I will share a few tips that have worked well when trying to clear my mental runways of debris.