History of the Universe
History of The World
Historical Map Animator’s History of The World
Ollie Bye’s History for The World
Hank & John Green’s Crash Course on World History
History of Nations / Countries
Ollie Bye’s History of Nations
GalacticPenguinTV’s History of Nations/Unions
Suomi’s History of Countries
Conceptual / Thematic Histories of The World
Ollie Bye’s Conceptual History
EmperorTigerStar’s History of Religions
Emperor TigerStar’s History of Explorers
History of Wars
The First World War
The Great War’s All Videos (Chronological Order)
The Second World War
Ollie Bye’s Historical Wars
Fix Your Address Book / Google Contacts
Group Your Contacts
1. By Category
For example you can group contacts into the following categories:
- Tennis contacts
- Golf contacts
- Bowling contacts
- Club contacts
- Neighbor contacts
- Friend John Smith’s friends
- College friends
- Spouse’s college friends
- Business partner’s friends
- Work associates and their families
- Church/synagogue/mosque, or community contacts, etc.
Before any event in which you are likely to run into any of these people, refer to your contacts list.
2. By Frequency
- Call – Daily
- Call – Weekly
- Call – Monthly
- Text – Daily
- Text – Weekly
- Text – Monthly
Schedule Out Time For Your Contacts In Your Calendar
- You might also consider putting a ‘direct-dial’ widget on a homescreen page of your phone along with a Habit Loop Checkmark as will be discussed in Habit Tracking.
Setting Up Your Trello
The Trello Boards you need to create:
- Planner & Getting Things Done (GTD)
- Bucket List
- Meal Planner
1. Planner & Getting Things Done (GTD)
GTD is an organizational system. It doesn’t put rules around how you actually do your work. Instead, it focuses on how you capture the work you need to do, organize it, and choose what needs your attention. At its core, GTD stands on five “pillars,” or steps to getting and staying organized:
Capture everything. Your to-dos, your ideas, your recurring tasks, everything. Put it in a pen-and-paper notebook, a to-do app, a planner, whatever you prefer to use to get organized. GTD doesn’t say to use a specific tool, but whatever you use has to fit into your normal flow. The barrier to using it should be so low that there’s never a reason for you to say “I’ll add it to my list later.” You want to capture everything as soon as it happens so you don’t have to think about it again until it’s time to do it.
Clarify the things you have to do. Don’t just write down “Plan vacation,”break it down into actionable steps so there’s no barrier to just doing the task. If there’s anything you can do right away and have time to do, get it done. If there’s anything you can delegate, delegate it. Here’s a helpful video where David Allen explains how to clarify your to-dos so they don’t require more time to figure out what you meant than it takes to actually do the thing you wanted to do.
Organize those actionable items by category and priority. Assign due dates where you can, and set reminders so you follow up on them. Pay special attention to each item’s priority, as well. You’re not actually doing any of the items on your list right now, you’re just making sure they’re in the right buckets for later, and your reminders are set. In short, this is quality time with your to-do list, inbox, and calendar.
Reflect on your to-do list. First, look over your to-dos to see what your next action should be. This is where the clarifying step pays off, because you should be able to pick something you have the time and the energy to do right away. If you see something that’s so vague that you know you won’t be able to just pick up and run with it, break it down. Second, give your to-do list an in-depth review periodically to see where you’re making progress, where you need to adjust your priorities, and determine how the system is working for you.
Engage and get to work. Choose your next action and get to it. Your system is, as this point, set up to make figuring that out easy. Your to-dos are organized by priority and placed in categories. You know what to work on, and when. They’re broken into manageable, bite-sized chunks that are easy to start. It’s time to get to work.
- Create a new board “Planner”
- Add the following lists:
Big Picture/Projects: I like to keep tabs on which projects I’m juggling, so I create a card for each one on this list, as well as choose a color for each project (so when I see a related task in one of the other lists, I know it’s part of a bigger project). I also add a card describing each colored label, because sometimes I don’t remember whether blue meant personal or green means work or whatnot.
3. Add the following labels:
4. Do a brain dump of everything going through your mind right now by making cards in the “Brain Dump / Incoming”
5. Add labels to each card
6. Add “checklist” to each card and clarify the next action steps that need to be taken
7. Move the cards into the appropriate list.
8. Prioritize them by moving them up or down in the list.
9. Start doing the items in your “Do Now / Next Actions” list
10. Revise and review your lists regularly. Do a continuous brain dump of everything in your mind.
2. Bucket List
- Create the following lists: (Why we create these lists in particular will become clear when we write our Personal Manifesto)
- This Year
- Start putting all your ideas / desires / goals into the list ‘Death’ as cards
- Make them as specific as you can
- Make them visual by adding a picture / photo
- If you have a specific timeline in mind, shift the card from ‘Death’ into the appropriate list
- If applicable, use the calendar Power-Up and add deadlines to the card
3. Meal Planning
- Experiments have demonstrated that there is a finite store of mental energy for exerting self-control.
- Willpower is limited.
- In order to decrease cognitive load, we have to decrease the number of decisions we take everyday. That’s where meal planning comes in.
- It also makes creating and maintaining your shopping list (See: Lists/Google Keep) easier.
Become Better At Using Trello
- Make the plates you eat in small (9-10 inches wide)
- There are two or fewer cans of soft drinks in your fridge.
- Your kitchen counters are organized (not messy).
- Pre-cut fruit or veggies are on your middle fridge shelf.
- All snack foods are kept in one inconvenient cupboard.
- The only food on your counter is a fruit bowl.
- Eat without watching the TV at a table
Actionable Lifetips is a combination of a Trello-based e-book filled with checklists and a companion website/blog that aims that introducing curated actionable tips, systems and information into your life in bite-sized chunks/steps for immediate improvement.
This website/blog is completely free, ad-free and does not require any form of sign-up.
It is essential, for newcomers, to take action in the order recommended in this Trello board and/or the companion website/blog to derive the maximum benefit from this project.
Please refer to the Index / Table of Contents on the left hand side of the blog for the recommended order of action.
After the Actionable LifeTips Trello Board opens, ‘Copy’ the board into your own account.
A Quick Overview Of Google Keep
Mark Tasks By Colour For Sections (And Avoid Red)
One of Google Keep’s core features is the ability to add a colour to each note or list. It takes just a couple of taps to choose from eight colours: white, red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue and grey.
Productivity expert Mike Vardy recommends colour-coding your tasks for easy reference. It’s best to keep it simple. For example, Vardy uses just four colours for four sections: personal, professional, “none of the above” and “finished”. In her article on fantastic Todoist filters to boost your productivity, our own Angela Alcorn recommends a similar approach of colour-coding your tasks.
Colour psychologist Angela Wright has spoken extensively about how colour affects your behaviour. Use her advice, but you should also avoid adding tasks in red. According to scientists, the colour red can keep you from performing at your best.
If you are using colours in your Google Keep notes and lists, you should definitely look at the Category Tabs extension for Chrome. With that, you can assign a category name to any colour, which shows up as a neat listing at the top of your Google Keep app. You can also hide any unused colours (like red, if you’re following what the study above says). This only affects the web app, of course, it won’t have any effect on how Keep looks in the Android app. But hey, it’s still one of the best apps to manage to-do lists on Android.
Add Tags To Your Notes For Easy Searches
- #Personal Projects
- ADL (Anti-Distraction List; See below)
- #30-second-note (See at bottom)
Lists You Need To Create Right Now
1. Most Important Tasks (MIT) List
Each day, after reviewing your GTD Planner, add the 3 Most Important Tasks that you absolutely must finish in the day to this list.
2. Unviersal Packing List
Get started by copy and pasting the following into a Google Keep Note. Enable ‘tickboxes’. Modify according to your needs. Archive the note.
- Undergarments (pairs)
- Slippers & Shoes
- Laptop and charger
- Phone and charger
- Kindle and charger / wire
- Shaving Kit
- Switch off everything
3. Shared Shopping/Grocery List
- Pick something up when you are returning from office and tick it off. As the update is synced to all the collaborators in the family, they have one less thing to shop for.
- Take on the bewildering aisles and mazes of a superstore by splitting up and checking things off on a Keep note. It can be a huge timesaver when you are rushed and the shopping isn’t a joy.
- It is easy to drag and drop to re-order the checkboxes on a Keep note. Someone can re-order the priority of an item on the collaborative list for immediate attention.
You can also set a location reminder for a place and it will automatically pop the list up as a notification as you walk into the store. Of course, this might not work at every place in the world and location reminders can be a serious battery drain!
4. Focus with an Anti-Distraction List
Instead of searching for the answers right away, you can come back to them when you take a break. The Voice Notes feature on Google Keep is particularly effective for catching these offhand musings. It also automatically transcribes the audio to text.
Catch All the Wisdom with Book Notes
Click on the Camera icon in Google Keep. Take a photo or import an image from your photo gallery. You can crop the part you want to grab the text from in your camera app or the photo gallery. In the new note, click on the overflow menu (three vertical dots) and choose Transcribe Text. Google’s Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software goes to work and the text from the image appears in the note. Click Done. Your note should now contain the entire text from the book image.
The Life-Changing 30-Second Note
Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.
Source: Robyn Scott on Medium
- Label these notes with #30-second-note
- Each night review these notes and file them away appropriately in your work journal / study journal / personal journal
On Your Phone
- Add Widget View: @work
- Add Widget View: @home
- Add Widget View: @anywhere
- Add Widget View: #calls
- Add WIdget View: #computer
- Add Widget View: #errands
- Add Widget View: ADL