Books On Sale & Bundles

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Over the last few days I’ve been reviewing the books I have on my website (as well as Amazon and iBookstore) and I have placed some of my books and bundles on sale. 

Here’s what you can find:

On Amazon and iBookstore I have reduced the price of Your Digital Life (edition 1) to $4.99. 

And over on my website, where I have much more control, here’s what you can find: 

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Your Digital Life (Edition 1) is now on sale at $4.50 direct from my website. You can buy either the ePub or Kindle versions at this price. 

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Your Digital Life (Edition 1) + Working With Todoist: The Book, can now be bought as a bundle for $12.50 (reduced from $17.00) ePub or Kindle versions

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The Time And Life Mastery 2018 Workbook is now at an incredibly low price of $5.00. This is an investment I belief everyone should make. This is an investment in your future. (PDF)

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The Your Digital Life 2.0 and Working With Todoist: The book  bundle is now available to purchase at the reduced price of $15.00 (saving $4.50) ePub or Kindle versions

Creating A Morning Routine For You

There is a myth that says your morning routine should not involve checking email or social media, but rather be something healthy like exercise, meditation or reading a book. I’ve always had a problem with this, if I were to meditate first thing in the morning I would very quickly fall back to sleep and I have never enjoyed morning exercise, and therefore never ever felt the desire to get up, put on my running gear and head out for a swift 5k. 

Instead, I have always enjoyed sitting down with my phone and a good cup of coffee for twenty minutes to check my social media feeds and any email that came in overnight. It sets me up for an energetic day and I also feel I am on top of everything as anything urgent that came in overnight I am now aware of and I can be coming up with solutions while I am in the shower or boiling my breakfast egg.  

Some people are just not morning people. I am not. I prefer a quiet evening working away. I often find myself on a Friday or Saturday night sitting down at my desk and writing chapters for my next book or designing a slide deck for a future workshop. I enjoy exercising in the afternoons or early evenings and I am lucky that I have time every day to exercise in the early afternoon. 

You need to find a routine for the morning that suits you, the goal is to set yourself up for a fantastic day, everyday. If you wake up and force yourself to do something you hate doing, you are not going to feel a great deal of enthusiasm to jump out of bed. If, on the other hand, you create a morning routine you enjoy doing, something you look forward to every day, you are going to be getting out of bed with far more enthusiasm and this will always lead to a much more positive day. 

In recent weeks I have been asking my students and friends on social media what routines they have, if any, in the morning and I have discovered a lot of different things. Firstly, a lot of the most disciplined and organised people do have a fixed routine they follow. They wake up an hour or two earlier than they need to in order to carry out a routine of exercise, meditation or family time. A lot of the less disciplined people I know, do not. They sleep until the very last minute and then rush to get out of the house and in to work. The people who wake up a little earlier, so they are not rushing around, are much less stressed and a lot more positive about the day ahead. Those who do not have any routine appear a lot more stressed and more negative, and despite having a little more sleep than the ones who wake up earlier, appear to be much more tired throughout the day. 

Every day my goal is to be happy and positive and to move myself a little closer to my lifetime goals. Waking up thirty minutes earlier than I need to is a very big part of achieving that. That thirty minutes means I am not rushing around panicking about being late. It means I have time to see if any potential day destroyers came in overnight and allows me to be updated on what my friends and family over in Europe have been up to while I was asleep. I have no intention of changing that routine because it works for me and it means I start the day with the right frame of mind for the overall goal I want to achieve.

It is important you develop a routine that works for you. A routine that puts you in the right frame of mind for the day and one that means when you leave your home for work you have a spring in your step and you know nothing will stop you from moving that little bit closer towards achieving your goals. Whether that means you go out for a 10k run and do 20 minutes meditation, or whether it means you take twenty to thirty minutes checking and replying to email. It really doesn't matter what you do, as long as it works for you. 

I know it might sound cool to have a morning routine like Tim Ferris or Tony Robbins, and their routines are amazingly cool. But I know their routines would not work for me at all. In all likelihood I would feel a lot worse if I followed their examples. For me a more leisurely start to the day works and I have no intention of changing it in the near future. 

You should do the same. You should find a morning routine that allows you to wake up around thirty to sixty minutes earlier than you need to do, so you can focus on doing something for yourself. You could call it your “alone time”, or even your selfish time. Mornings are great because they are quiet, the crises of the day have not happened yet and you can have a few minutes with your own thoughts and plan your day and set yourself up for a fantastically productive day. It really doesn’t matter what you do in that extra time, all that matters is you enjoy it and you look forward to doing it every morning. After all, if you enjoy your morning routine and the way it makes you feel, you are much more likely to jump out of bed in a positive frame of mind than if you hated doing it and you were only doing it because someone else is trying to convince you their routine is the perfect routine. It might be perfect for them, but it is not necessarily perfect for you. 

Carl Pullein is a personal productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity.  Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more productive and creative. 

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Working With Todoist: The Book. Why I wrote it.

I’ve just published a book. It’s a book about my favourite application and it’s a book I have spent the last ten months writing and I’ve loved every minute of the process.

In this week’s blog post I want to share with you why I wrote the book, and what’s in the book, and hopefully I can covert you to joining the millions of others who have found Todoist and have used it to become better organised and more productive and of course perhaps persuade you to buy a copy.

At the end of 2015, I decided I wanted to tell everyone about the fantastic productivity app, Todoist. Since I got into digital productivity in 2009, I have tried many of the different productivity apps in the App Store, and none of them really managed to keep me organised and on top of my work and life, and at the same time inspire me to get more work done and stay organised. Only Todoist managed to do that. With its beautiful user interface, logical workflow and immense flexibility, to me this app was the stuff dreams were made of. And I wanted to tell the whole world about it.

But how does an English teacher in South Korea tell the world about an app? I decided the best way to do this was to start a YouTube channel to show as many people as possible how to use Todoist and some of the tricks and tips I had learnt from using it for over 18 months. That channel grew, in fact it grew far better and faster than I ever imagined. I never realised there were so many people who were using Todoist and wanted to get more out of it. The comments and fantastic questions left on the channel helped me to improve my use and show people more great ways to get Todoist working for them. I am so grateful to all my subscribers, those guys have really inspired me.

Because I love writing, I decided the next step in my desire to spread the news about Todoist was to write a book. I know not everyone wants to watch YouTube videos, and I know my production skills are not in the same league as Sam Mendes or even many of my fellow YouTubers, so I began writing ten months ago and finally after a hectic three days, during the long Lunar New Year holiday here in Korea editing and formatting, the book was finished and published.

In the book, I have gone through how you can set up Todoist, use all the amazing features and get yourself organised and on top of everything. I am sure I managed to get in almost everything there is to know about Todoist, how it works and how you can organise it so it fits into your way of working.

The book starts with the basics of setting up projects and creating tasks, then it moves on to labelling, flags and filters. And if that isn’t enough, it then delves deeper in the second part of the book and goes though some of the more advanced features that will very quickly turn you in to a fully fledged expert with Todoist.

I have written this book because I want everyone to find, learn and use the fantastic Todoist everyday of their lives. It can help change your life by bringing order out of chaos and by helping you see the way forward to achieving the things you want to achieve in your life.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this book. It has taken me ten months to write and the whole process has taught me a lot about Todoist and myself. Two other writing projects came up last year that had tighter deadlines and involved working with other people. I had to make decisions about what should be done and when. I learnt to better prioritise and still allow myself time each week to write this book. It took longer than I planned (about two months longer), but the effort was worth it.

The biggest takeaway for me from this experience is that priorities are always shifting, and it is important to be flexible enough to allow for those shifts in priorities. You can always put a project on hold while you work on another, higher priority project, but you should always come back to the original project. Doing a little bit each week. Perseverance and a determination to get a project finished is always going to be the key ingredients for a completed project like writing a book or filming a short film. Far too many great ideas and projects fail to complete because they are not returned to when something else becomes a priority. Don’t give up a great idea just because something else temporarily become the priority.

Throughout the whole process, Todoist was always there to keep nudging me every Friday to write a little more of the book. I didn’t have to do anything special, all I needed was to create a weekly repeating task telling me to “continue writing Todoist book”. I never failed to write something. Sometimes is was as much as 1,000 words, other times it was only 100. But I kept going and Todoist gently reminded me every week. It was a nice break from the pressure of working towards other people’s deadlines too. I made sure I had no other writing to do on a Friday except the Todoist book and it was a wonderful experience.

So, whether you are an occasional user of Todoist, a seasoned user, or if you feel a bit lost and not sure what you need to do and want something to point you in the right direction, then this book, and Todoist, is for you. You can buy a copy either from Apple’s iBooksAmazon Kindle or directly through my website. Go on, treat yourself.

Carl Pullein is the author of Your Digital Life: Everything you need to know to get your life organised and put technology to work for you, a book about how to get yourself organised in the twenty-first century, as well as Working With Todoist: The Book. Get started with Todoist so you can get better organised and achieve greater productivity.