Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

How to Manage To-Dos and Capture Ideas on the Go

Mar 01, 2016 03:35AM ● Published by Family Features

(Family Features) When your to-do list is miles long and deadlines are looming, it can be hard to tap into a creative, problem-solving mindset. Creating a more intentional approach to productivity will let you shift gears to not only cross items of your list, but to deliver higher quality, more effective work.

  1. Keep a notebook and pen on hand at all times. When inspiration strikes is the best time to capture your ideas so you can include the context, references and other details that allow you to develop the concept more completely later on. Keeping all your thoughts and ideas locked up in your head can cloud your ability to dedicate your attention where it’s needed most. Transfer all that brain power to paper or a smart folio like Bamboo Spark, which allows you to export content to an app on your iOS or Android device with the touch of a button, freeing up brain power for more powerful inspirations.

  2. Create to-do lists and prioritize tasks. Start each morning by reviewing what’s on deck for the day. Putting your list to paper frees your mind from trying to keep an ever-changing list of tasks straight. Categorize your to-dos and assign priorities to help you manage your time, and at the end of each day, take stock to cross off completed items, reprioritize those that remain and add new projects that will require your attention soon.

  3. Set boundaries on your multitasking. Today’s corporate culture rewards the greatest jugglers, but dividing your attention in too many directions can actually be counterproductive. Learn to designate times when you’ll simply eliminate interruptions to keep your focus sharp. This may mean turning off your notifications during meetings, shutting down your email for an hour each day to tackle a task uninterrupted or forwarding calls when you need to cut back on distractions.

  4. Give yourself permission to slow down and think. Technology has assuredly enabled greater efficiency at the office, but it brings some limitations as well. Sometimes, simply allowing yourself the time to sit with a pen and paper is the best way to let new ideas flow, free from the distractions of incoming mail and the confines of thoughts conveyed through keystrokes. Sketching, drawing, even creating diagrams and outlines are visual outlets that can help you explore new concepts and solve nagging problems.

“I think that there’s always a benefit to taking a step back and trying to be mindful,” said entrepreneur John Gannon, CEO and co-founder of BEMAVEN. “Every morning I write a journal. I write about the things I’m thankful for, the things I have on my mind then I also generate 10 ideas a day. I decided to try the Bamboo Spark to have a more organic experience of actually putting pen to paper.”

  1. Take regular breaks. It may seem unrealistic when the clock is ticking its way toward a deadline, but stepping away can actually help you regain focus and allow you to complete a difficult task more efficiently. Instead of staring at a blank screen in frustration, grant yourself a 10-minute break to get up, move around and grab a fresh cup of coffee or some water. A brief recharge can be just the cure to get you back on track when you hit a bump or start to feel overwhelmed.

For more productivity tips, and to learn more about Wacom’s consumer products, visit Wacom.com or the Bamboo News blog.

Sponsored by Wacom

Family Features Family Features Lifestyle
  • Rock The House

    10/20/2017
    05:00PM — 11:00PM

    Extended Housing’s annual fundraiser has undergone a few changes over the years. For many years,...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


  • Antique Toys and Diecast Show

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    New and antique toys, diecast models, plastic models, dolls and more. Buy, sell and/or trade. ...


  • Lake County YMCA Fall Festival

    10/21/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    Lake County YMCA is excited to host its annual Fall Festival for kids and their families. Childre...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Halloween Spooktacular

    10/23/2017
    06:30PM

    Enjoy crafts, games and stories during our annual Halloween event. Don’t forget your costume!


  • Fall Festival & Resource Fair

    10/24/2017
    05:30PM — 07:30PM

    Join in for an evening of family fun. Come in costume! Featuring community resource information...


  • Kids from five to 10 years old can come to the library for an unforgettable party filled with neo...


  • Beggar’s Night

    10/26/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Children 10 and under can have a fun and safe evening of fun and carnival games. Children dress ...


  • Rock The House

    10/20/2017
    05:00PM — 11:00PM

    Extended Housing’s annual fundraiser has undergone a few changes over the years. For many years,...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


  • Antique Toys and Diecast Show

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    New and antique toys, diecast models, plastic models, dolls and more. Buy, sell and/or trade. ...


  • Lake County YMCA Fall Festival

    10/21/2017
    02:30PM — 04:30PM

    Lake County YMCA is excited to host its annual Fall Festival for kids and their families. Childre...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/21/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


  • Halloween Spooktacular

    10/23/2017
    06:30PM

    Enjoy crafts, games and stories during our annual Halloween event. Don’t forget your costume!


  • Fall Festival & Resource Fair

    10/24/2017
    05:30PM — 07:30PM

    Join in for an evening of family fun. Come in costume! Featuring community resource information...


  • Halloween Roller Skating Party

    10/25/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Everyone is welcome! Wear your costume and join in for games and prizes. Fun for all ages! Sk...


  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    10/25/2017
    06:30PM

    Bring the whole family to the Lake Branch to decorate a pumpkin. Enter it into a contest for a ch...


  • You will learn how to safely treat your own arthritic pain without drugs. Multiple usable strateg...


  • Kids from five to 10 years old can come to the library for an unforgettable party filled with neo...


  • Beggar’s Night

    10/26/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Children 10 and under can have a fun and safe evening of fun and carnival games. Children dress ...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/27/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


  • Observe The Moon Night

    10/28/2017
    06:00PM — 11:00PM

    Join your fellow Earthlings keeping an eye on our nearest neighbor during NASA’s International Ob...


  • Hauntaquarium

    10/28/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Tickets for the family-friendly program ($12 general, children younger than 2 are free) include a...


  • Halloween Youth Overnight

    10/28/2017
    08:00PM

    Lake County East End Y is hosting a Halloween Youth Overnight for children ages 6–12 from Saturda...


  • Mr. Dennis will be here with his spooky puppet friends for a Spooktacular puppet show. Registrati...


  • Trick or Treat at the Library

    10/31/2017
    09:00AM — 09:00PM

    Stop by the library dressed in your costume. Anyone in costume will receive small treats as they...


  • Cleveland 2-Rail “O” Scale Train Meet

    11/04/2017
    09:00AM — 02:00PM

    Come and see the high end of “O” gauge model railroading with over 150 tables to view. There will...


  • How to Build A Model Railroad

    11/04/2017
    09:00AM — 02:05PM

    Each topic is taught by an experienced model railroader. Topics include: layout framing, laying ...


  • Blue Mass

    11/09/2017
    07:00PM

    The Catholic community of St. Gabriel is proud to honor the military for Veterans Day as well as ...