Simplify: Life and The Arena App

Preparation: Make it Simple Now that we are officially into the last month of the year, time feels as though it is speeding up, and we have a limited amount of it to finish everything. While this is not actually the case, it doesn’t seem to make that feeling any...

Thrivner Book Club | Born to Run

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenBy: Christopher McDougall Born to Run, written by Christopher McDougall, is a story of the Tarahumara (a reclusive Mexican tribe who may hold the secrets of being an ultimate...

Don’t Break the Chain

Productivity Advice Several years ago, comedian Jerry Seinfeld offered a piece of creative advice to another aspiring comic, Brad Isaac: The only way to be a better comedian is to write more, and the best way to write more is to write every day. But that isn’t where...

Using a List to Relax More This Holiday Season

We’ve all been there: You committed to way too many holiday parties, can’t remember who wanted Dare to Lead, only have time to put up the decorations in two rooms instead of the whole house, and made a to-do list, but it’s too late to start. So now what? You...

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...