What are the things that you do or use in order to make yourself more productive and smarter?

My answer to What are the things that you do or use in order to make yourself more productive and smarter?

Answer by Minh Park:

Steve Jobs was obsessed with Bicycles.

The reason why Steven Jobs was obsessed with bicycles, is because once humans have a bicycle they become the most efficient long-distance travelers on the planet. “Computers” are like bicycles in that they enable humans to become super efficient.

Our brains are terrible at remembering things. Do you remember how much your paid for you lunch yesterday? Can you repeat your last spoken sentence word-by-word? What was your outfit 3 days ago?

It’s better to get a second brain. One option would be to visit your local supermarket and search for the fresh brain section (also make sure they are organic brains). If you can’t find any you can settle for the similar looking walnuts or opt for a digital brain.

Evernote (a Note Taking App) can serve as your secondary brain. By exporting your knowledge to Evernote you finally have the chance to stand on the shoulder of giants: build upon your ideas, iterate on your thoughts, and connect obscure ideas.

If notes correlate to your knowledge, then how do you increase the value of your notes/knowledge? You can increase the value of your notes by investing more attention to your notes. Highlight your notes using tools like LINER. Summarize your notes to the key points. And merge two documents and create a new document.

Make yourself smarter by getting a Bicycle/Computer/Evernote that will make you the most smartest person on Earth.

Read more about how to use Evernote to become Smarter:
How to Use Evernote for Your Creative Workflow – Praxis – Medium – 39 Highlights with LINER

What are the things that you do or use in order to make yourself more productive and smarter?

What is truly a waste of your personal time?

My answer to What is truly a waste of your personal time?

Answer by Minh Park:

I used to be glued to my TV. I would obsess over watching the latest episodes the moment they came out. I would treat each new episode like a grand event: preparing my food in advance, buying a bag of popcorn, and making sure there was plenty of beer in the fridge.

Each episode was a birthday, however, I soon found out that each TV show also had a finale. And with each finale I was lost. After you finish a TV season, you sort of just sit there. Not knowing what to do with life. You could try settling for a sub-par TV show.

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And after all those hours of investing in your favorite TV show, what do you have to show for it? A vast knowledge of Wikia Lore? You just end up with blurred memories of a TV show.

I find the best way to get out of your TV watching habit is simply to change your environment. Moving out of my parents house and getting a room without a TV made it more difficult to watch TV shows. Taking on more work made me too busy to watch TV shows. And even if I did watch TV shows, I always felt guilty watching TV instead of working. TV just become uninteresting to me. Nowadays I only occasionally watch movies at the movie theater.

Then again, Game of Thrones is the exception here.

I Stopped Watching TV for 30 Days. Here’s What I Learned | The Huffington Post – 13 Highlights with LINER

What is truly a waste of your personal time?

What are some of the best personal productivity apps that people use?

My answer to What are some of the best personal productivity apps that people use?

Answer by Minh Park:

I’m a self-professed Productivity Junkie. I only leave the house when I have two or more task to do. I only scale my actions when the outcome is scalable and interloopingly benefits multiple projects at the same time. I automate my tasks using IFTTT. And delegate minor tasks to remote freelancers.

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I’ve tried multiple productivity tools to manage my tasks. As I am obsessed with achieving maximum productivity:

1. I started simply by writing down my tasks on a Moleskin notebook, that would always disappear in a few days. I found that my handwriting is getting worse everyday and I can barely read my own writing.

2. Secondly, I tried gamifying my habits using Habitica (Formerly called HabitRPG, which was the most amazing brand name of all time). Sadly, the productivity tool was limited to daily tasks and it was difficult to see my overall persistence clearly.

3. I tried the great and mighty Trello. We use Trello at the office to manage the big picture of all the independent moving parts. You could see what the designers, marketing, operations, and developers were doing in one glance. So I tried to use Trello for my own tasks, but found the tool to be simply too powerful. I was only using 1–2 features, which made the tool more cumbersome than useful.

4. Finally, I settled on Wunderlist. Wunderlist is a straight forward German-made no nonsense to-do-list. Simply create a task, then check the box once you finish the task. As I don’t have too many projects going on at the same time. Wunderlist provides the perfect bare-bones features I needed.

App Review: Wunderlist is a Cross-Platform, Easy-to-Use Task-Manager – 10 Highlights with LINER

What are some of the best personal productivity apps that people use?

What online tools have helped you the most as an entrepreneur/start-up founder?

My answer to What online tools have helped you the most as an entrepreneur/start-up founder?

Answer by Minh Park:

A startup is like building train-tracks, on top of plane, that is crashing towards the ground, while responding to customer emails, and smiling at VC investors (that have no interest in funding your product).

We also have to finish a presentation within two hours, while creating inbound content to promote our product, while preparing for a Product Hunt launch, while preparing for a features meeting, while trying to as sane as possible.

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As everyone was working at full-speed, it was difficult to understand the current situation. Initially, we resorted to simply talking about our updates at our weekly meeting. However, as each of us continued to push features out, we were never up to date in real-time.

While not being up to date may seem like a minor issue. It becomes difficult when deciding on the next feature to build, when you don’t know what your team is developing.

In order to finally understand what everyone was doing at the same time, we ditched our own personal To-Do-Lists an opted to use Trello. Each member would have their own column: Design, Marketing, Web Development, iOS Development, and etc. As we could see what was happening at all times, we finally were able to plan on the next project with more clarity.

The great thing about Trello, is the versatility the tool provides. You’re not locked into a single product management method. Rather Trello can accommodate various methods.

Learn more about how to use LINER at Lifehacker:
How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello – 14 Highlights with LINER

What online tools have helped you the most as an entrepreneur/start-up founder?

What are your favorite startup tools or hacks?

My answer to What are your favorite startup tools or hacks?

Answer by Minh Park:

The deadline for an essay is in 7 days. You spend 4 days hanging out with friends, watching movies, and drinking out. Then you realize you only have 3 days left. You spend 1 day in complete panic. Then you spend the 2 remaining 2 days in heightened state of concentration to finish the essay.

Which of course turns out to be a sub-par essay, because you only spent 2 days writing the essay. It would have been nice if you had that heightened concentration early on. Right?

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My favorite Startup tool is using Forest. Forest is basically a Pomodoro tool that counts down from 25 minutes. By creating an artificial deadline for work, you’ll feel more motivated to get the project done.

Forest is substantially different from Pomodoro in a design aspect (similar to how Apple outpaces Android or Windows designs). The reason I choose Forest is because Forest shows me a tree. And that tree will die horribly and shrivel up if I don’t concentrate on my work. Similar how to running on a treadmill is often boring, while you have more than enough motivation to run when you’re being chased by a dog.

The premise of Forest is simple. Focus for 25 minutes, raise a tree, and build a forest. Literally. If you stay focused for 25 minutes you will greeted with a nice healthy tree.

If you fail to stay focused you’re greeted with a dead tree. And you will feel horrible.  Eventually, you get a nice road-map of your progress. All plotted out in a grid that looks like a forest. It’s also nice that they are promoting the growth of actual trees as well.
Feel free to read an app review over here:
Forest iOS App Review | Blogger Bee – 6 Highlights with LINER

What are your favorite startup tools or hacks?

What are the best productivity hacks of startup CEOs?

My answer to What are the best productivity hacks of startup CEOs?

Answer by Minh Park:

The best productivity hack of a startup CEO is to be LAZY. As a CEO it’s not your job to do everything. Your job is create a system that enables other to work.

You can try to do everything yourself, but you’ll realize that you don’t understand content marketing. And will try to create/publish/promote content on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit every single day.

Be lazy and manage content writers instead.

You can try to do everything yourself, but you may realize you don’t know how to structure a landing page. And will create 6 CTA (Call to Actions), a dysfunctional email subscription form, and an overall dysfunctional conversion funnel.

Be lazy and let a designer plan your landing page instead.

Here’s Andrew Wilkinson’s original “Lazy Leadership” blog post:
Lazy Leadership – The Flow Blog – Medium – 27 Highlights with LINER

What are the best productivity hacks of startup CEOs?

What is the ultimate personal productivity app?

My answer to What is the ultimate personal productivity app?

Answer by Minh Park:

Most people point to pure productivity management tools like: Trello, Anydo, Todoist, and Wunderlist. However, I find that To-Do-Lists are never enough.

They create a false sense of accomplishment, based on how “many” items you check off. Did I walk 17 steps? Yes. Did I water the plants? Yes. Did I say hello to my goldfish? Yes. Did I say hello to my neighbor's goldfish? Yes. None of these tasks are necessarily important, yet you have a weird sense of accomplishment.

Did I write the essay that is due to tomorrow? No… It’s NOT about how many tasks you accomplish, it’s about whether you accomplish the right tasks.

A good rule of thumb is prioritizing your top 3 tasks. Known as the “Rule of Three” you start off each day by prioritizing your top 3 tasks and only focus on accomplishing those 3 tasks each day. By rewriting your tasks, you review the overall tasks that need to be done. And by prioritizing your tasks, you understand which tasks are truly important.

So how do you decide on which three tasks to work on? I find that rather than simply sporadically choosing three tasks. You need to contemplate for a long time and really consider whether these are the right tasks to do at this moment.

Which is why, I would say Evernote is the best ultimate personal productivity app. Not only can you use Evernote’s “Checkbox” feature to create a To-Do-List. You can also organize your thoughts right below the To-Do-List.

Despite various productivity apps. No apps seems to be able to provide a powerful To-Do-List and a powerful writing application. Evernote x LINER: Save Highlights in Evernote – HIGHLIGHT

What is the ultimate personal productivity app?