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Episode Info: SUBSCRIBE Charles Byrd is an expert in productivity, organization and information overload which is so prevalent in the modern world today. He is also the founder of Byrd Word.  He is a world renowned expert on the Evernote app and desktop programs and advises people in how to use it to maximum effect to reduce chaos in their lives. I find out from Charles today how to make productivity second nature. *CHARLES’ FREE COURSE: Charles coaches CEO’s and entrepreneurs in how to “Kill the Chaos” of information overload. He is a lifelong learner and has a passion for helping others through his designed solutions such as online trainings, webinars and tutorials. Not only this but Charles speaks in front of audiences on the subject of productivity, technology and partnerships and has been consulted with by the Evernote organization themselves in the past year. Charles and I discussed the following when we spoke: How a lot of apps are designed to steel your attention rather than empower you.People end up falling into survival mode, which means they are using so many systems that mean a lot of things fall through the net.Why the more difficult a task is, the more chance that procrastination can set in so it’s very important to work out a next step path.Many of the things you put off are not difficult, we just don’t have a system in place for doing them.The subject of bandwidth and why you can use certain tactics to overcome bandwidth by using blocking and bite size pieces.When it comes to focus you are working on the internal and external world. Everyone’s environment is different but by creating the space to get deep work done is important for building momentum and feeling good about your day.How we are becoming addicted to distractions and why early morning starts are so important for starting the day in control. Choose your top 3 priorities for the day, set the Pomodoro timer and go. That momentum carries through the day and you are less reactive instead of responding to other people’s priorities.Charles has trained himself to get way more done and ignore distractions.Airplane and do not disturb modes in IOSTask Management apps recommended by Charles = Todoist, Things, Asana, Trello. Really good shortcut keys on the Mac for ‘Things’.The problem with paper is that everywhere you look you feel like you are behind, with these apps you can priorities and section them off. Allocate a time each week and sort by your top priorities. Charles recommends tagging with a tag ‘current focus’.By default Charles instructs his team not to expect an instant response from him.Charles came across Evernote when he was working for a tech company in silicone valley and after an urgent presentation he decided to make a system for everything that would be available in under 5 secondsHe decided to create a course to kill the chaos and get together tools, workflows, and habits (po...
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