Category Archives: Productivity Experts

Doodle beta continues improving

We are thrilled to announce some new enhancements to the beta version of Doodle which have been released yesterday. Invites via email and some significant performance improvements continue to make Doodle even faster and better. Head over to beta.doodle.com and directly try out the latest version yourself!

Doodle has been providing a simple and easy way to decide on dates, places and in fact almost anything for over ten years and is in the process of moving to a newly redesigned version. Whilst giving Doodle a new look we are also improving on the tasks people perform most often when on our site, making them even quicker and easier.

Invite participants via email

After creating a poll, you can now invite participants directly via their email addresses.

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In addition to typing email addresses, you can also copy and paste a list of emails. If you share your poll via email with more than one person, make sure to separate the addresses with commas or new lines.

Step by step to a faster Doodle 

When you create or participate in a poll , the first page loads over a second quicker (more in some cases) than it did before. Our goal is to make Doodle so fast that you don’t even notice any loading – we’re not quite there yet, but this is a big step in the right direction.

We are continuously improving our beta Doodle. Head over to beta.doodle.com to check our out latest enhancements yourself. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, don’t hesitate to mail us at jule@doodle.com.

Doodle wishes you Happy Scheduling! 📧 😃

Doodle launches The Productivity Book

We’re really happy to announce the release of The Productivity Book: 30 Professionals Talk About Time Management! This 200-page eBook is authored by Doodle CEO Michael Brecht, and is filled with personal stories and helpful tips from productivity experts that will help readers to be more productive with their time.

The Productivity Book from Doodle

The Productivity Book from Doodle

30 Professionals helped us with this book and provide us with an exclusive insight into how they structure their day. “Since productivity is at the heart of Doodle, I thought it would be interesting to interview leading productivity experts to find out what their thoughts are on how people can be more productive in all aspects of their lives,” said Michael Brecht.

“The interviewees shared a lot of details about their daily habits and productivity methods, and while each of them views productivity in a unique way, readers of the eBook will definitely be able to identify some clear trends that they can apply.”

The Doodle Productivity Book is now available to download through Amazon and iBooks and selected partners in various parts of this world. Download it today and start learning from some of the smartest minds in productivity!

Happy reading!
Your Doodle Team

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis on time management

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis

Productivity Expert Allyson Lewis

Allyson, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, could you let us know what projects you are involved in?

I am the founder of The 7 Minute Life. You can improve your time management in 7 Minutes.

What’s the most recent adjustment that you’ve made to your personal productivity routine?

We have a virtual team of seven associates. I have turned over the project management to my project manager. I hate administration and details. Now, my only job is to think, write, think some more, speak, think some more, and shoot video. Every person on our team has “narrowed” their roles. Narrow responsibilities are much more productive and meaningful.

Do you follow specific time management techniques to organize your day?

There are 24 hours in a day, 1440 minutes, if you take 1% of your day – that is 14 minutes. The 7 Minute Life is built on the foundation of taking 7 Minutes in the evening to answer one powerful question, “What is my goal for tomorrow?” Literally set the timer on your smartphone for 7 Minutes in the evening and clarify exactly what you want to achieve by the end of your workday. After you understand your goal – then, you need to create your “5 before 11” list. This list contains 5 tiny “micro-actions” that you commit to accomplishing before 11 o’clock the next morning.

How do you cope with time constraints? Which ones do you really dislike?

Not sure what you mean by time constraints. Time is time. The 24 hours in a day are the boundaries that can’t be changed. I don’t really dislike the problem of having a 24 hour day. The key for me is to choose to plan how much of my time I will sleep, exercise, pray, and read.

In what ways has your perception of time changed as you’ve grown older?

I have plenty of time for my purpose in life. I have had to shed away the activities that are not in alignment with my purpose.

So what are the secrets about time management from your experience?

Time management is not about the “When.” Behaviours to improve your time management skills include:

■ Know what you need to do

■ Know the specific projects that need to be accomplished

■ Break down each project into high value activities

■ Break down your high value activities into “microactions” – a micro-action is a task that can be completed between 2 minutes and 20 minutes (due to attentional bandwidth), can be accomplished by you, can be started and COMPLETELY finished.

■ Then, and only then can you decide the “When” you will complete each micro-action by placing a task on your calendar.

Allyson, thank you very much for your time to answer these Doodle questions and we wish you all the best for your time management tool ‘The 7 Minute Life‘.

Allyson_Lewis Skydiving

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Doodle strategy at work

The beginning of 2015 saw the Doodle Team and our colleagues from Tamedia Digital work on strategic subjects. The core of our work was based on findings, that an international branding agency gathered in the past weeks.

Feedback from Doodle Users

Feedback from Doodle Users

Many Doodle users were interviewed and helped us understand questions such as:
what makes Doodle such a great tool for more than 24m users per month around the globe? What is missing? How do we tackle the tasks in 2015 and the years to come? What can we take from our findings in 2014 and use these as the base for our way forward?

To tell you the truth: it was an intense day with hefty discussions and it was fantastic to be guided by Christian and his team from edenspiekermann_ from Berlin. The outcomes will come up in the coming weeks and we’ll make Doodle an even better scheduling tool for all of you. We’ll continue to help bringing people together from around the globe.

We’ll keep you posted – promised!

The Awesome Doodle Team

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Doodle adds “reset admin link” feature to help administer your poll

Who hasn’t experienced this problem before: we click the SEND button in our eMail program and realise just in that same second, that we have sent a wrong link or have sent the eMail to the wrong person. Our Doodle users told us that they would love to get security for such error when sending the participation links for a scheduled poll out.

With today’s release, we have improved the use of Doodle admin links. Within the admin panel for your poll we now have added a functionality for organisers to reset the admin link. Such new admin link will be sent to the organiser by eMail, actually to that address that was used for setting up the poll. All users that have received the former admin link will be able to participate in the poll but not be able to administer the poll.

In hoping that we were able to help our users with such change we wish you happy Doodling on the world’s easiest scheduling tool.

Your Doodle Team

Interview with David Allen to conclude Productivity Experts series

We hope that you’ve enjoyed the interviews and blog posts from productivity experts that we’ve been publishing over the past two months. There’s a lot that can be learned from that content, and we think that it will help you to kick off 2014 in a productive way. Please explore the Productivity Experts category of our blog to get caught up if you missed any of the posts.

Now that we’ve come to the conclusion of this series, we have one more big interview to share with you, and it’s with David Allen. As you probably already know, David is one of the world’s leading productivity experts, and his Getting Things Done time management method and book have redefined how we think about productivity.

Doodle’s Co-Founder & CEO (Michael Näf) recorded the following interview with David, and they talked about productivity, scheduling, and future trends.

Enjoy!

Interview with Michael Sliwinski

What projects are you involved in?

In order of priority: Nozbe, productive magazine, my blog, promotion of my book (#iPadOnly) and an additional business opportunity I’m pursuing now.

How did you get interested in productivity?

I needed to get organized, read gtd book by David Allen and couldn’t find a tool for myself so I built my own. Nozbe. Used it from 2005-2007 by myself and launched it in 2007 to show everyone else. This is how it all started.

More details here: http://www.michaelsliwinski.com/interview

How many meetings do you normally have each week?

3-5 meetings with my team, 1-3 meetings with other people (interviews, etc.).

What are some of your favorite productivity tips/apps?

My core consists of the cloud apps. Nozbe, Evernote, Dropbox and Gmail. All of which are integrated together (Nozbe syncs with all of these). I work mainly on my iPad so over here I also use writing apps (editorial, AI writer), social apps.

It’s really important to migrate to the cloud as like this I have access to all of my stuff from any device connected to the internet.

What’s the most recent adjustment that you’ve made to your personal productivity routine?

Switching exclusively to the iPad was a big thing for me. Works great. I had to re-learn many of my old habits and adjust to a totally different working paradigm. On a normal computer first you manage the files, then apps. On the iPad it’s the other way round. I write about it in detail in my #iPadOnly book.

Do you measure your productivity? If so, how do you do it, and what is your metric?

It’s mainly the amount of good focused hours per week. I use an “un-schedule” technique where I write everything I have fixed to do this week (appointments, meetings, etc) and fill out the missing blanks with focused hours as much as I can. It’s great for me to have 4-5 focused and productive hours each day.

What do you think the next productivity trend will be?

The apps will be smarter – they will be able to tell us what it is we should be doing now. This is coming and at Nozbe we’re getting ready for it. First step is the all platform support. This is where Nozbe already is… But next will come the “smarts”. I’m really excited about it. 😉

You can learn more about Michael Sliwinski through his website, and be sure to follow him on Twitter, too.