Susumu Hirasawa - A Drop Filled With Memories (from Paprika OST)
A perfect song for how I’m feeling right now. <3
Satoshi Kon - Editing Space & Time
A mini-documentary on how Satoshi Kon handles film editing, and why he chose animation as his medium instead of live-action. It’s incredibly fascinating and I’m still mourning the loss of an animation great.
My ToDoist isn’t half as detailed and organized as yours, but I still think it’s an invaluable tool for helping me remember what I want to do in terms of creative projects and it’s SO FREAKING CLEAN AND SIMPLE that I love it to death. My husband, who oversees projects at his work, swears by it.
Yeeeah my Todoist list everyday is somewhere between 12-17 items long, many of which are subtasks (my friend was actually telling me my Todoist list is ridiculously long last night). There are some things on there that /should/ be more like a habit, but I just like checking my phone when I roll out of bed and knowing what to do, even before I’m fully conscious.
I also rarely ever finish -everything- on my list, probably a leftover side-effect from my extreme procrastination days, but hey, at least I did most of the stuff I planned for the day.
But yes, Todoist is deliciously clean and easy to use. And I have jumped from a lot of different checklist apps and the syncing on Todoist beats everybody’s by far.
So, as I said in a previous post, for the first time in a couple of years, I actually have a bit of a buffer now, and it feels amazing. I have never been a productivity queen (I get horribly, horribly distracted), but with the help of TECHNOLOGY, I have been fixing that. Here are some of the tools that helped me.
Todoist - My favorite To-Do List App/Program by far. It has a sleek, good-looking interface and a lot of advanced features on every task you need to do (including sub-checklists!). You can have tasks repeat themselves every day, every weekday, every Wednesday at 5:47 pm, whatever. It’s incredible. And it organizes everything into a neat little “What do you need to do Today/This Week” list. The “Karma” feature is also pretty neat, if you feel the need to turn productivity into a game.
Available for free on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, Chrome, Firefox, etc. and syncs together flawlessly. Also has a Premium upgrade.
StayFocusd - Do you like playing with fire? Sure you do. StayFocusd is the most interesting internet blocker extension I’ve come across. Basically, you input in all the sites that distract you, such as Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And then you make a bet that you won’t visit these sites for more than (X) minutes combined (I put in 20 minutes) until a certain time, like 6:30 pm.
Every time you are on a site on your no-no list, a timer will start silently counting down. Switch to a ‘good’ site, and the timer will stop. If you fail, StayFocusd will BLOCK ALL THE SITES that you put on your no-no list until the next day. There’s a lot more to this program, but this is essentially how I’ve been using it. And it’s been VERY effective.
Available for free for Chrome. A similar clone exists for Firefox called “Leechblock.”
Vitamin R - Confession: I actually only started using this recently, but it’s been great so far. Vitamin-R is essentially a glorified Pomodoro timer. If you’re not familiar with the Pomodoro technique, it’s basically dividing up tasks into small bite-sized time slices (such as 20 minutes) with a forced break in-between slices.
What makes Vitamin-R great is that it forces you to think about your tasks. You’re prompted to write out exactly what you need to do in each time slice, and while you’re doing the task, the program automatically puts a bit of white noise in the background like the ticking of a clock or the sounds of a bustling coffee shop. And when it’s over, it asks how focused you were and if you completed what you set out to do. Repeat cycle.
If you need something to nag you on your productivity, Vitamin-R is great. Vitamin-R is $29.99 and exclusively for Macs, but currently it’s on the MacHeist Bundle for $19.99, along with a suite of other great programs.
(It’s worth noting that the Pomodoro Technique can be done cheaply and or free with just some kind of timer, and there are many free timers specifically for Pomodoro out there. I just like how Vitamin R works.)