I’ve tried every productivity method I could find. Franklin Covey, Now Habit, Getting Things Done and others. It usually started out well, then I slowly began procrastinating and would become less productive. This time it’s been different. My productivity has increased, and I get excited and enjoy using the process.
I first learned about Mark Forster a year ago but didn’t really get the Autofocus method. Recently I was trying to figure out how to work on large tasks in small bites and feel like I was making progress even though the task remained unfinished. That’s where AutoFocus shines, so I decided to give it another chance.
The day I started using it was one of the single most productive days in a long, long time. It sounds crazy, but it’s actually fun to see the backlog get smaller. Seeing the list size reduce encourages you to keep at the tasks, tackling the big ones a little at a time. The closer you get to finishing them all, the more your enthusiasm grows.
The second component to ultra productivity with Autofocus is Checkvist.com. It’s a free, online todo list that’s simple, fast and keyboard-friendly. The two are a match made in heaven. The only part I didn’t like about Autofocus was manually rewriting tasks that weren’t completed in one take. With Checkvist.com, you work on a task for however long you feel like it, and if it’s not done, you just drag it down to the bottom of the active list.
Here’s a screencast I made to show you how I use it. Enjoy!