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5 ways to create effective to-do lists

about.me has teamed up with moo.com – an ecommerce print company that combines great design with tech to help businesses of all sizes look their best. Get more done and be more productive with MOO’s tips and tricks for creating effective to-do lists – sometimes you just can’t beat a good old-fashioned pen and paper.

1. Get academic with the Ivy Lee method

Time management expert James Clear calls the Ivy Lee Method “the daily routine experts recommend for peak productivity.” We call it the $400,000 technique. Why? Ivy Lee, the man who founded the method, taught it to Charles Schwab and his executives in 1918— and told them to pay whatever it was worth. Three months later, Lee had a check for $25,000. That’s the equivalent of $400,000 now!

You’re gonna want to learn this. And it’s dead simple. Here’s what you do:

– Write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow.

– Rank those items in order of importance.

– Work on your first item until it’s finished. Then, move onto the next.

– When the day is done, transfer unfinished items to a new list of tasks for tomorrow.

– Repeat.

James Clear has a theory about why this method works: it’s simple, forces you to prioritize tasks, and makes it easy for you to single task. Boom. To-do list conquered.

2. Believe the hype with Bullet Journalling

This is one of the newer methods out there – and one of the most Instagram-worthy too. Millions of people across the world swear that this is the most flexible and efficient system for getting things done – and they can’t all be wrong, right?

Consisting of a basic framework, this method uses four core modules to collect and organize tasks and notes. The four modules are The Index, Future Log, Monthly Log, Daily Log. You build your lists around your priorities, and have a simple way to demarcate different kinds of notes. As well as the modular framework, bullet journalling provides you with a range of signifiers that allow you to mark, divide and change tasks up as you wish. Get your highlighters out!

3. Go rogue with the notecard to-do list

If you love crafts—or just pretty colors—this is the method for you. Simply grab a pen and start writing to-dos on different colored notecards. The blog Small Stuff Counts suggests that you give each notecard one task.

Next, shuffle them up to determine the order in which they’ll be completed. That way, you can’t avoid the stuff that you hate— hitting inbox zero might end up on top! Alternatively, you can sort your to-dos by priority, or arrange them into smaller stacks to vanquish on different days of the week.

When you accomplish something on your list, crumple up that notecard and toss it in the trash. Bonus points if it has one of those little basketball hoops. See? You can trick yourself into making task-doing a game!

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4. Track progress with the Kanban method

This method organizes tasks according to their level of progress: to-do, doing, and done. To get started, find a place where you can stick your thoughts.

You can get as crazy or simple with this as you want. Into color coding? Go for it. Hate list-making enough already? Stick with this.

As Andrew Kunesh notes on the Zapier website, “Kanban is great for teams and those who like to see the big picture at a glance. When using the method, you’ll have all of your tasks, due dates, and task progress in front of you, so there’s nothing keeping you from diving right into your work.”

5. The Pareto Principle

The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80-20 rule, states that around eighty percent of results come from only twenty percent of the effort. Or, to put it another way, most of the progress towards your goals comes from a few accomplishments.

Based on that principle, the Harvard Business Review recommends that you only focus on one of your six priorities for the day. Then, do that task alone for ninety minutes. If you find yourself drawn to a particularly cute cat video, write down the task again — essentially slapping yourself on the wrist with a reminder to get it done.

Looking for a new notebook to help you get organized? Try MOO’s new Hardcover Notebook. With lay-flat binding and 160 pages of Munken Kristall paper, it’s smart and beautiful.

Want more like this? Head over to the MOO blog for inspirational ideas and business tips.

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10 Steps to Creating Your Best about.me Page

Are you working on a passion project in addition to your 9-to-5? What about building your own business? We understand how busy life can be when you’re trying to create something. That’s why many people, from all around the world, have chosen about.me to create a quick and simple, yet professional presentation of themselves.

Now, it’s your turn.

Follow these 10 easy steps to make your about.me page work for you so you can get back to working on what you care about.

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A note from our founder

Amazing about.me community,

The last few weeks have unlocked a wide range of emotions for people all around the U.S., the world and for many of us at about.me. I’m sure this issue is personal for many people in the about.me community. I know for our about.me team, this is no exception.

We wholeheartedly support the importance of a sensible, well-vetted and understood immigration policy. We also believe in the equality of every individual, and deeply value every member of our about.me community worldwide. Respect and inclusion have always been foundational to about.me. As everyone who is a team member or has previously worked at about.me knows, we are a company built on diversity. Our team is diverse, not just in professional backgrounds, but demonstrably in gender, nationalities, religions and socio-economic upbringings. Our diversity is our strength. It has fostered an environment that embraces and believes in diversity of ideas and respects different opinions. It is core for us at about.me.

Taking ownership of treating people with care and love can be a profound act. In addition to a personal contribution to the ACLU, we’ve updated our social media icons, replacing it with a colorful heart. This change symbolizes our commitment to use our platform to deliver a message of inclusiveness and respect that empowers our community to authentically present themselves to people interested in learning more about them.

I hope you’ll embrace this design and the symbolism it represents. We are so incredibly thankful for and inspired by the breadth of members of our community – a heartfelt thank you.

Tony Conrad
Co-Founder & CEO, about.me

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Turn Your Ideas Into Reality with This Entrepreneur’s Process

Ever get an idea that you want to make a reality, but have no clue where to start? Davida Arnold wants to help you put that idea into motion.

Davida has developed an effective acronym as part of her creative process that’ll help guide you through the process of taking something from a concept to fruition. After launching 3 successful restaurants in New York City, Davida saw that the women around her needed something. They needed a voice and a way to connect with powerful women on and offline. And so Girl Game Changer was born.

Davida is much more than a founder. As a mother, entrepreneur, public speaker and more, Davida is the perfect person to go to for insight when it comes to startups. In this interview, she gives us her model for taking an idea and making it real. If you’re in the area, check out Davida’s event, and don’t forget to check out her page!

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5 Steps to Developing an Online Following

Tom Law is a British entrepreneur and singer-songwriter. Having grown a following of over 100K across his social accounts and with 5M+ views on YouTube, we thought we’d ask his thoughts on how to develop a following. Off to you, Tom! 

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Introducing about.me for Slack

At about.me, we’ve always been passionate about helping you create meaningful connections with other people from all over the world. Today, we’re excited to introduce the about.me Slack app.

For many Slack teams and communities, learning about your fellow team members can be difficult. We surveyed over 200 people who use Slack for small teams, communities, and more. We found that over 70% of teams don’t have an introduction channel, making it difficult to get to know other people in your Slack team.

Our Slack integration will help you seamlessly introduce yourself, learn about your team members, and create valuable connections within your Slack team or community.

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How One Digital Nomad Was Inspired to Make Life Easier for Everyone

While traveling, it was hard for Mischa Armada to find great places to stay. Mischa wants to fix that for fellow digital nomads.

After living, working, and traveling through Asia, Mischa was inspired to start StayAwhile, a startup that helps you find and stay in stylish hotel around the world for a flat fee. Mischa cofounded StayAwhile to help people like her. With the rise of remote workers traveling the globe, Mischa’s definitely onto something special.

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