It’s the #2012Preseason and we are preparing for the best year of our lives. We’ve started with the end in mind, figured out how much time we want to spend doing great work and thought about whether or not we should leave our job. This week, I thought I would give you 3 essential tools to help you during your championship year (2012) that you should starting using now.
Evernote is a multiplatform storage technology that helps you “remember everything.” Found a blog post you like, click and save. Want to write yourself a note, it’s super easy (audio included). Want to keep track of the people you met at that conference, Evernote Hello will help you capture their info and all of the details around the event. I use it for everything: storing blog ideas, capturing my billion dollars business ideas, maintaining all of my favorite data, powerpoints, articles, etc.
Asana is a web application “that connects everyone with what’s going on, their shared priorities, and who owns each part of the effort.” It’s essentially a project management/to-do list that you can share with your friends and colleagues. I use it to set personal and professional goals and have friends that have access to my goals so they can hold me accountable.
Track & Check is a mobile app that “helps you overcome your bad habits and achieve your goals.” The app provides an easy way for you to pretty much track any goal and we are all know that, what gets measured gets done. I use it track some of my health goals (hours slept, calories, etc)
Sidenote: In addition to these 3 tools, here’s a book I strongly recommend you reading as well. It won’t take you more than 2 hours and the idea will stick with you for a lifetime.
Flinch is an ebook by Jullien Smith (of Trust Agents) so wonderful he made it free so that everyone can benefit from the ideas within it. The basic idea behind the book is simple: we were all born with a flinch mechanism that was designed to save our life in the event of danger (sabretooth tigers, bears, etc); however, we no longer wrestle with such life-threatening dangers and so the flinch is simply keeping us away from accomplishing great things (due to an invalid fear). Consequently, Jullien encourages us to embrace the flinch and push through the flinch towards greatness (or failure – however, he argues the failure probably really isn’t as bad as you imagined).
So there you have it. 3 tools and a book you should adopt/read before the year is out.