If you’re a busy professional like the ones who provide services through Upwork, an online marketplace that connects businesses to freelance professionals, you’ll be interested in these productivity tips Upwork recently shared on its blog. You’ll learn how to effectively make and complete your to-do list.
How to Make Your To-do List
Make sure your to-do list is comprehensive. It’s important not to leave any tasks to memory. Making a note of all of your tasks, instead of trying to remember them, frees your mind to focus on what you’re working on now. To create your to do-list, a to-do list tool, such as a specialized software and its accompanying mobile app, is essential. Also it’s important to limit yourself to one to-do list tool. If you use more than one tool, you increase the risk of dropping the ball on a project.
Think About Your Time
Create your to-do list the night before. Note when you are going to begin each task and how much time you expect it to take to complete. While you’re thinking about when to start a task, prioritize your tasks so that high priority tasks are started first. Note how much energy a task will take. Plan to work on tasks that require more of your energy when you have the most energy, which for most people is in the morning.
Getting Through the List
Group similar tasks. For example, if you have several spreadsheets to work on, plan to do them consecutively. Break big projects down into smaller tasks. However, don’t lose sight of the big picture. None of the tasks on your to-do should be busy work. Each task should be part of a larger project.
Use your to-do list tool to delegate tasks. If there’s no one to delegate to, consider using Upwork to find an independent professional with the necessary skills.
Reassess your list. If you find that there are low-value tasks that you keep putting off, consider deleting those tasks.
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In a recent interview Malcolm CasSelle, CIO for OPSkins and president of Worldwide Asset eXchange, spoke about how his ideas are formed. A known international entrepreneur, businessman, and innovator CasSelle has been part of major developments within the tech world. An early investor in Bitcoin, Zynga, and Facebook CasSelle’s storied career has taken him to China and back. A graduate of both Stanford and MIT CasSelle’s highest degree is a master’s in computer science. His most recent interest has been in the developing tend of blockchain tech, tech that he has utilized in the formation of new P2P network WAX.
According to CasSelle he devotes his afternoons to ideas. His mornings are spent focusing on the various business affairs his job mandates. “I look at the problem backwards,” CasSelle said, “In this way I know where to start.” He also relies heavily on collaboration. The moment he forms a new idea he loops other people into it. Individuals who either have experience with the idea, or who can contribute to the idea. He is an ardent supporter of tossing ideas around with deliberation and discussion. This all happens because of his mastery of time management, which according to him is the best attribute to learn.
The WAX platform operates within a specific network of games. It allows cross-game trading for players and uses blockchain tech to provide necessary security. The platform allows gamers an actual return of investment on their digital wares, and could be a turning point of the virtual currency industry itself. CasSelle believes that it is the future. “Blockchain tech is essentially internet 3.0.” CasSelle stated.
OPSkins has benefitted more than once from CasSelles’s innovation, as his investment in Bitcoin made them the largest merchant of the digital money worldwide. WAX could be another that propels to even more success. CasSelle is certainly excited about it. According to him ideas like WAX can only be fully realized if you work in reverse. He looks at problems from the end to the beginning in order to see just how the process needs to start to reach the outcome that he wants. So far, it has not failed him yet.
Robert Deignan is a tech expert, entrepreneur and currently the CEO of ATS Digital Services headquartered in Boca Raton, FL. ATS is a full support digital services company that provides clients with the right hardware, software and mobile services which enables their businesses to perform with speed, efficiency and flexibility.
Mr. Deignan graduated from Purdue University in 1995 earning a bachelor’s degree in business management on a full scholarship. After graduation, he played professional football for a brief period with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets before embarking on his entrepreneurial career. He is still an avid sports fan and lives a very active lifestyle.
His first business venture was Fanlink, Inc. which he co-founded in 1998. After Fanlink, he moved on to iS3, a commercial software company and was Executive Vice President from 2002 until 2011. From iS3, Robert Deignan and two of his co-workers formed his latest venture, ATS Digital services.
In a recent Gazette article, Robert Deignan discussed the future of automation and the effect it will have on employment over the next several decades. He believes that the impact will not be nearly as severe as some experts are predicting. While there are indeed a multitude of processes that can and will be be automated in the future, there are several tasks that will still need the human touch in many fields such as health and human services and emergency management. In addition, there will be many people that will simply still prefer interacting with other humans over machines.
The key point that Robert makes is that even with the wave of automation coming, people should not be afraid of technology, they should embrace it and learn to work with it. With technology expanding at a rapid pace, there will be tremendous opportunities for people to develop new skills and re-invent their careers.
Robert Deignan works and resides in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area with his family. He enjoys participating in fishing tournaments and thrives on daily visits to the gym as well as disconnect time in the morning for some coffee and brainstorming.