Thanksgiving Planning

Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your house or you’re packing up the car – and the kids, the pets, the kitchen sink – to travel somewhere else, this time of year can seem particularly hectic if you don’t plan ahead. Of course, there’s no guarantee...

Zen to Done with The Arena App, Part 2

A Quick Recap A few weeks ago, we posted Part 1 of our series on how The Arena App works with the Zen to Done (Babauta, 2011) method, covering the first tenants. This week, we’re taking a look at the remaining ones, and how you can use Arena to help keep you on task...

Zen to Done With The Arena App

Zen to Done One of the biggest hurdles that many of us encounter in our days is the ability to just start a project. The methods of both Zen to Done (Babauta, 2011) and Getting Things Done (Allen, 2015 (2nd edition)) point out that most of the time, the largest part...

Effort vs. Impact Feature Focus

Planning Your Day Most productivity tips and practices encourage people to focus on 3 big projects to get done every day. And if you have some smaller tasks that need to be completed, it may be more helpful to roll them into one bigger task (though maybe not one of...

How Play Impacts Happiness

The Importance of Play “All this thinking about fun made me realize that I had to make time for it. Too often, I’d give up fun in order to work. I often felt so overwhelmed by tasks that I’d think, ‘The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list....

How to Manage Your Day With The Arena App

Manage Your Day One of the best suggestion for organization and productivity is to manage/keep track of your tasks in as few places as possible. The Arena App is best used in conjunction with an overall task list so you can see the big picture as well as the daily...

Tips to Eliminate Distractions from Your Day

The Distraction Loop It happens to the best of us: You’re plugging along in your workday, finishing tasks left and right, when all of a sudden your email notification dings..then dings again. And then Slack alerts you that someone sent a message. Suddenly, you find...

Tips for Staying on Task and Focused in College

College Life The semester is in full swing, but you’re still trying to find the perfect balance of work and play. As fall break (yay!) and midterms (boo!) near, it is time to look at the assignments you have due, the amount of effort each will take, and how you are...

Checklist Feature Focus

The Benefits of a Checklist You planned a Halloween party and somehow forgot to buy ice and extra candy. You had it in your head the whole time to pick up both at the store, but every time you went, you somehow forgot. Next time, you’ll make a checklist of all...

The Arena App: Daily Planner, Version 1.5

New Updates to the Best Productivity App Your team Scrum call happens every day at 8:30 a.m. Your marketing meeting is every Thursday at 2:00 p.m.  Your financial projections are due on the 75th day of every quarter. Instead of entering in these tasks every time they...