Gneo Listening: The Future

Gneo has come a long way from that sparky idea that Anthony just couldn’t shake. From initial inspiration to first round version, through several name changes and a few facelifts, the Gneo of today is energized to meet the evolving needs of a growing body of Gneo Gnatives.
 
Yet despite the changes, one thing has remained the same: Gneo’s commitment to enabling people to get more of the right things done.
 
Where next?
 
Gneo is going global and learning the language!
 
Productivity translates in every language and the team is hard at work to make sure that Gneo does as well. Gneo is also innovating on the initial success with iOS to expand to other new platforms and devices. Before these versions will be released, they are being fine-tuned by the perfectionistic eye of Anthony and his crew, working out core problems and polishing the design to align with Gneo’s commitment to excellence in both aesthetics and functionality.
 
What next?
 
The Gneo team knows that one thing that people really want are better repeat reminders to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. While this feature improvement has been a long time in the making, Gneo is committed to doing it right, not just doing it. Stay tuned for the updates of this integral feature.
 
While Gneo is excited to expand beyond iOS, there are also additional developments coming for iPhone and iPad users including Widgets and extensions with the upcoming release of iOS 8. Also in the pipeline is a Mac version that will expand Gneo beyond the current iOS offerings.

How next?

Gneo is a bloodhound, fixated on the scent of finding out what people want. The challenge (and fun!) of any product is staying both useful and relevant and Gneo is relying on you, our customers, to help.
 
Gneo does not exist in a vacuum, but instead in a dynamic, conversational arena that is eager for communication and feedback. Whether in-person, at conferences and industry events, or online with Twitter and other social media, the lines of communication between you and Gneo are always open. What developments do you want to see? What new integrations should be created?
 
The success of Gneo is inextricably linked to the success of it’s people. If you fail, it fails. So instead of mutually assured destruction, Gneo is perpetually dissatisfied with anything less than mutually assured victory. This mindset is ingrained in the core fiber of Gneo and you can read more on Gneo’s ‘Gneology’ here: http://blog.gneo.co/post/62127637953/gneology.
 
Listen up!

In a world where everyone is broadcasting his or her personal “station,” the Gneo team is committed to listening. They believe that humans were created with two ears and one mouth for a reason and they should be used in in that proportion.
 
The collective knowledge of all of you is so much greater than the individual and Gneo wants to capitalize on that resource. What do you love? What do you hate? What can be improved? What do you never want changed? What dreams do you have that Gneo can help you achieve? What features and tools would make that easier?
 
Don’t be a stranger. Gneo is listening.

Gneo Doing: Launching

In October 2013, the months of planning, endless details, and hopeful aspirations culminated in the actual launch of Gneo v1.0. Anthony and his team released it on the App Store with crossed fingers, confident in a great product, but still anxiously excited to present Gneo to the public with unknown reception. It hit the virtual shelves and they waited…

Gangbusters

…but not for long.
 
On launch day, Apple featured Gneo as Editors’ Choice, a recognition garnered by only 50 apps a year. The team watched as the months of hard work were met with a positive reception and felt overwhelming affirmation as Gneo closed launch weeks as one of most downloaded apps worldwide. The downloads showed that a smart productivity tool with sleek design was in high demand and the Gneo team was excited to provide a resource for people to get more of the right things done.
 
Looking back, Anthony remembers launch week was less like seven individual days and more like one continuous day, as the team navigated the overflow of tweets and emails from newly engaged customers around the clock. The all-nighter excitement was further fueled by congratulations and enthusiasm from fellow “Boosties” and mentors who believed in Gneo before it was fully born. It was truly a best-case scenario, despite the sleep deprivation.
 
Goals, the long and short of it
 
In the beginning, Gneo’s short-term goals focused on a successful launch and efficient operations, making sure everything functioned as smoothly as possible. The biggest pre-launch hiccup was working out the kinks in the Gneo and Evernote relationship. Communication and formatting presented more challenges than originally expected and had to be put on hold until after launching.
 
While most short-term goals stayed consistent, initial long-term goals morphed and modified as Gneo grew legs and started running. Long-term plans now include gaining additional functionality in Gneo iOS as well as bringing Gneo to Mac and other platforms and localizing with more languages. Gneo’s partnership with Evernote is a key component to success and Gneo aims to further streamline that relationship as well as connect to more services for an even better Gneo experience.
 
Throughout the entire process, Gneo’s highest priority has been listening to customers and addressing their pain points. Finding out what they want from Gneo allows the crafting of a better and better product, addressing real needs in the real world. Gneo also strives to provide excellent customer service that is immediately responsive and truly helpful.
 
Anthony’s advice
 
Looking back on that first week of energetic chaos, Anthony offers this simple advice to young entrepreneurs, “Make sure you can always see the big picture.” When you are intimately involved in all the details of a project it is easy to get stuck in working out the minor hiccups, forgetting that you are in charge of steering the ship. Remain constantly vigilant about the big picture direction of the company and learn how to delegate the details, building a team you can trust to manage the minutiae.
 
Overall, make sure that you are passionate about whatever you create. It is that love that will sustain you during the difficult times and it is that excitement that will attract others to your product and company.

Gneo Scheming: Planning

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The Gneo story continues…
 
Things undone
 
As you may remember, Gneo began as “What Do I Need to Do”, evolved into “Any To Do,” and at last reached evolutionary perfection as “Gneo.” The name change was strategic but that was not the only thing that required strategy when Gneo decided to launch.
 
The planning behind Gneo was like preparing for battle. While getting things done was important, the more critical decisions hinged leaving the right things undone. There was literally too much to do and too little time to do it, Anthony and his team learned how to be the right kind of procrastinators as a matter of survival.
 
Around the world, around the clock
 
To give Gneo the necessary catalyst for success, Anthony took it to the Boost Accelerator in Silicon Valley. While living in the Valley, the Gneo team could run operations stateside while still being awake to catch the end of the business day in Europe. It was literally a 24-hour cycle.
 
Although that prospect sounds grueling, the environment at Boost was tailored to be both inspiring and symbiotic. Being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs made the challenges a team sport as everyone worked hard together. Boost also connected Gneo to a network of experienced mentors who offered encouragement and guidance along the way. For Anthony, an avid hurler, it was like having teammates, coaches, and an arena (ahem, hurling pitch) in which to play the sport he loved.
 
Planning tools
 
Gneo operated, and continues to operate, by developing both short-term and long-term goals. Anthony runs the company by taking a 10,000-foot view and then breaks down broad goals into monthly and weekly tasks. This approach stems from his training in PMP project management in which work breakdown structures (WBS) are created for maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
 
A vital tool in the pre-planning of the launch that the Gneo team still utilizes today is Evernote. It replaces email and creates a virtual office for a remotely working team. Shared notebooks allow everyone to add content, make changes, and collaborate on ideas effortlessly. Finding tools that allow you to work smarter, not harder is essential. You simply have to find ways to do all of the right things within the limited available time.
 
Advice about plans
 
When dreams turn into reality and reality turns to planning it’s easy to get lost in everything you don’t know. When asked how he overcame this, Anthony identified three things, “Determination, grit, and belief.”
 
If you too are considering jumping off the cliff in hopes of landing on a dream, surround yourself with like-minded people and be ready to ask for help. Enlisting the wisdom and experience of advisors is crucial and these savvy people are often more willing to help than you may think.
 
Be confident that you will make mistakes, everyone does. Don’t let that deter or discourage you. Many businesses crumble and die before they become the successful regeneration of their former self. Need a visual?
Yes, on the path from initial enthusiasm to ultimate sustainability are the pitfalls of growth, reality checks, and crashing ineptitude. Be prepared!

Gneo Dreaming: Inspiration

Before Gneo became the beautifully designed, supremely helpful, world-peace-establishing app it is today, it was just an idea. As with all ideas, it could have been dismissed or thrown in the pile of “someday” only to be forgotten. But it wasn’t.
 
Over the next month we want to share with you the “Story of Gneo” and then translate our story into a wannabe entrepreneur’s guide to actually doing it. Let’s start at the beginning.

The Spark
Anthony Keane thought of (what is now) Gneo when the Apple App Store first launched. He saw the need to create a tool that utilized the urgent/important matrix after recognizing its usefulness in his professional work with Deloitte. He made a very basic iPhone app and launched it, fingers-crossed, on the App Store. Both surprised, and not surprised at all, the prioritization concept resonated and people started downloading and using it.
 
The ready-made marketplace of the app store simplified the process and allowed Anthony to bring his idea to life with relatively little headache on the commercial backend. Additionally, the App Store had a worldwide reach that allowed “What Do I Need To Do” (the first round name) to go global right from the start. It was passive income at it’s finest.
 
This positive response inspired Anthony to create a more sophisticated, secondary version. “What Do I Need To Do” morphed into “Any To Do,” a more complex app designed for both iPhone and iPad that also connected to Evernote. Once it launched, hundreds of thousands of people downloaded and loved the app, offering positive feedback and productive suggestions. Anthony knew he was on to something.
 
The Leap
With “Any To Do” gaining momentum, Anthony faced a challenge: stay in a successful career and dabble in apps as a tidy side project or jump full force into the app world. The first was safe, a known quantity with a foreseeable end. The second was risky, but made the blood pump through his veins with vigor and excitement. He chose to go for it.
 
Leaving his job in the summer of 2012, Anthony trusted heavily in the adage, “jump and your parachute will open.” But only when he made the actual leap did the gravity and momentum of his commitment cause opportunities and relationships to exponentially grow.
 
Translating Your Inspiration Into Reality
It’s easy to sit on the other side of a success story and think it was destined to work. But everyone who succeeds at one point sat on the brink of potential failure. Do you have great ideas you haven’t pursued? Do you wonder if they are worth it? Consider the following questions and ideas:
Does it solve a problem? Like Gneo, great ideas solve a problem. If you find it necessary and helpful, other people likely will as well.
Do you have a niche? Like the app store, most of the marketplace is crowded and cluttered. How can you stand out and make your product or idea unique but also appealing?
Don’t build things just to sell them, build things that people actually want to buy. You need a bigger purpose than simply making money to keep you going in those tough initial phases and people want to buy things from people who love what they make. Passion is contagious.
Just do it. It’s easy to sit with an un-launched product or idea and endlessly consider the best and worst case of scenarios of what might happen. Stop thinking. Just do it. If it fails big, start again. If it’s a wild success, keep innovating. Entrepreneurs are nimble, adaptable, and capable of absorbing both the good and the bad.
Believe in YOU. Inevitably you will wake up in that cold sweat wondering why you quit your very safe job to pursue this crazy idea. Relax. Believe it yourself and trust your instincts and abilities.
Take calculated risks. Look at every decision and consider what the worst outcomes and best outcomes are. If you can live with the worst and are sufficiently motivated by the best, then do it. Risks are the springboards that will launch you closer to the achievement of your goals.
 
At Gneo, we love hearing what you’re up to! What dreams are you in the process of translating into reality and how can we help?

Hurdles to Success: Finishing Strong

It’s a proven fact: more people start a marathon than finish one. Beginning is easy; finishing is difficult. On average, for every 1000 people who sign up to run, 820 actually start the race, and only 650 cross the finish line. Something happens between the decision to participate and the 26.2 miles of pavement between start and finish. People tire, succumb to injury, or simply start to believe they can’t do it. People quit.
 
Over the past several weeks we’ve talked about hurdles that stand in the way of achieving your goals: busyness, procrastination, boredom, failure, and inexperience. Now let’s talk about what it means to finish strong.
 
Expect Fatigue
Anyone who has ever tried has tired. Healthy exhaustion is a sign that you are doing something right, not wrong. As you work toward your goals, know yourself and your needs and find a sustainable way to continue the pursuit.
 
Build in rest, alternate the exhausting and energizing parts of the process, and periodically review your progress. Looking at where you started and where you are can provide some much needed encouragement along the way.
 
Welcome Inconvenience
There is no perfect time, perfect situation, or perfect environment for getting things done. The urgent will always clamor against the important, vying for your attention and energy. Amidst the chaos, maintain perspective. Remember what is important and choose it. Let the inconveniences energize you and embrace the challenges.
 
Grow Your Grit
NPR’s TED Radio Hour recently produced a show exploring the idea of grit and success. They define grit as “the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance.” They go on to say that “grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” More and more researchers are recognizing this trait as the lynchpin to true success. It’s not natural ability or luck, while these can certainly help, it’s the pure mindset to learn and keep learning despite setbacks. Gritty people do not see failure as a permanent condition.
 
Remember Why
Continually revisit your goals. They are the lighthouses you are trying to reach and their beacons will guide your steps. Utilize tools like Gneo to record these goals, remembering that written goals produce more success and greater follow through than nebulous, unwritten goals (take a look at a previous blog on goals by Gneo’s founder here). Recording goals not only makes them real but it makes you accountable. Extend this accountability by bringing friends and advisors into your plans.
 
Many people start, many fewer finish. Dare to be among the fewer.

Hurdles to Success: Overcoming Boredom

If the saying “only boring people get bored” is true, then we will all do our best to avoid boredom. We stay connected to our devices, filling cracks of time with information, games, and communication. We pit boredom against busyness and confuse busyness for productivity.
 
But boredom is not idleness. It is an indicator of available space and capacity with which to innovate. The question is, what you will do with it?
 
Choosing Good Boredom

When you are bored, sit in it. Consider where it comes from and what you can do with it. Boredom is often the first step toward creativity. It is an opportunity to find your imagination and use it. Inventions are often born out of boredom and discomfort with a previously inefficient process. Lightbulbs instead of candles, refrigerators instead of iceboxes, cars instead of horses and buggies, all of these evolved out of people sitting with time, a problem, and a desire to think of something better.
 
Beyond Boredom
 
Life is full of mundane tasks that could inarguably be called “boring.” But even in folding the laundry, washing the dishes, or chopping onions, there is a choice. Mindless activities such as these can provide the perfect “white noise” to spark the creative process.
 
One study asked a group of people to think of as many ways to use a brick as possible. Before writing down their answers, the initial group was divided into three subgroups and given an assignment. One performed a difficult task, one did nothing, and the last that did an easy, “boring” task. The last group produced noticeably more “brick ideas” than the other two groups, reinforcing the idea of “incubation advantage” where free time can be used both consciously and unconsciously to generate answers and solutions.
 
Daily Changes to Combat Boredom

Most boredom is perpetuated by lack of stimulation and a reversion to autopilot tendencies. Keep yourself awake, literally and mentally, and implement some of these practices into your weekly routine:
 
Get offline and disconnect from all things digital.
Make something: art, a meal, a story, anything.
Play a game: make one up, change the rules on an existing game, or perhaps learn a classic game you’ve never understood. Backgammon anyone?
Listen to new music.
Be social: attend an event, take a class, engage with your fellow caffeine addicts at the local coffee shop.
Get outside and do something physical: let the bipedal motion of your footsteps help you pound out the solution to a work project or strategize the best way to achieve your goals.
Take a nap or break a snack: rest is just as important as action; they work in conjunction, not opposition.
Redirect mindless daydreaming and refocus quickly toward productive action.
Overachieve: doing what is expected is easy. Instead, figure out what going a step beyond the expected looks like and do it.
 
Bored with Your Goals?
 
Creating goals is exciting. Christopher Columbus was likely beyond motivated while charting his new route toward Indian riches. But then came endless miles of nothing but ocean. Months into the journey it is easy to lose momentum, forgetting why you set sail at all.
 
In those moments of discouragement and boredom, revisit your initial goals. Remind yourself why you created them and what you hope to achieve as a result. Enlist a team of supporters who can remind you of this when you are bored and unenthusiastic. Live in the hope that your sometimes-boring journey may take you to exciting places beyond where you dared to go.

Hurdles to Success: Overcoming Inexperience

How do you overcome inexperience? You get some experience…but it isn’t always that easy.
 
As a kid it wasn’t hard to sign up for field hockey or art class. We jumped fearlessly into tuba lessons or a spelling bee, despite an utter lack of skill or talent in either. As we grew up we outgrew this ability to pursue new things with abandon. We slowly started to do only the things we knowingly did well, emphasizing our adeptness and hiding our inabilities.
 
How can we regain that childhood curiosity? The secret lies in building our mental flexibility. While a hefty portfolio of experience is reassuring, a willingness to try new things and take risks is exponentially more beneficial.
 
Get Over Perfection

Anyone who’s ever read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” knows that 10,000 hours is the magic number of mastery. Want to become a professional golfer and go putter to putter with Tiger Woods? 10,000 hours on the course is the formula for success.
 
But what if you just want to be good enough?
 
Author Josh Collins argues that 20 hours, not 10,000, will allow you to gain “rapid skill acquisition” of a chosen activity. You may not be YoYo Ma by the end, but you can indeed teach yourself to kayak, program a computer, or tickle the ivories adeptly.
 
The key lies in pushing through the first few hours of frustration and incompentency. Most complex skills require an initial 5 or 6 hours of utter failure before they start becoming familiar. Stick with it!
 
Channel Your Inner Kid
 
We always hear that kids learn faster/more/better than adults, but that’s simply not true. What is true is that kids live in such a way and in such an environment that gives them an advantage in learning.
 
They have large amounts of unstructured free time to explore at will and lack the self-consciousness that self-condemns their efforts. Kids are also free from the responsibilities and commitments that burden adults and limit their time.
Sure, you can’t completely revert to your childhood ways, but what aspects can you recreate in your adult world?
 
Live Experimentally
 
Small changes can produce big results and gaining experience necessitates living openly toward opportunity. It’s all too easy to get stuck in a rote schedule, wearing blinders that never allow you to see beyond your predetermined plan.
 
Do you feel trapped? Try these simple changes:
 
Get lost: In a world of readily available GPS, dump Siri. Turn off your phone and take a left turn, find new roads, and stop to ask for directions. Not all who wander are lost; they may just be curious people in search of adventure.
Live without: Choose a day or a week to give up some necessity in your life—your car, media, plastic. Be as creative as you like and learn to adapt.
Play the fool: Walk into failure headfirst. Join a sport you are not good at, take a dance class despite your two left feet, or sign up to learn a language with which you have no familiarity.
Hang out with strangers: Other people are the greatest untapped resource in our lives. Meet someone new, learn something new.
Create lofty goals: Don’t disqualify yourself because of lack of skill or experience. Confront what you don’t know with boldness and determination. Believe in yourself and choose to pursue those things that scare you.

Hurdles to Success: Overcoming Failure

Abraham Lincoln, often regarded as one of the greatest American presidents, lost eight elections, suffered a nervous breakdown, and failed at numerous business endeavours before his path intersected with the White House.
 
Now-renowned impressionist, Vincent Van Gogh, sold only one painting in his lifetime for a mere 400 francs. A single work now sells for over $100 million at auction.
 
Nelson Mandela sat locked in jail for 27 years before assuming leadership of South Africa. Steve Jobs was fired from a company that he himself started. A newspaper editor gave a young Walt Disney the boot telling him that he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
 
If you’ve ever failed, you’re in good company. Great success rarely comes without years of failure, defeat, and dead-end paths. The difference is what you do with it.
 
Are You Afraid of Failure?
 
Fear of failure obstructs potential opportunity. Fearful people who try and fail believe that failure is the end. Are you afraid?
 
Are you reluctant to try new things or volunteer yourself for challenging projects?
Do you procrastinate? Self-sabotage? Struggle with anxiety over performance and what others think about you and what you’ve done?
Do you have low self-esteem or self-confidence?
Are you a perfectionist who attempts only those things that you know you can master?
 
Failure: A Matter of Perspective

Acknowledging fear is the first step toward conquering it. The next step is reframing it.
 
Failure is not defeat. It is opportunity, learning, and experience that can catalyze future efforts. Just because you fail does not make you a failure. It is a passing experience, not a defining title.
 
Overcoming Failure
 
If you are taking risks, you will inevitably hit rock bottom. Expect it. And as you nurse the wounds you gained on the way down, consider where you are and where you are going. Don’t waste your failure on self-pity; own it as a tool to propel you.
 
Believe in you: Even amidst failure, think positively about yourself and your efforts. Continue believing that you are worth it. Consider all the facts and laugh, refusing to take your failure too seriously.
Consider “Plan B”: Just like airplanes have multiple emergency exits, successful people have multiple contingency plans. They are nimble and adaptable, ready to change course when the intended road is closed.
Listen actively, think critically: Failure is a harsh teacher with great lessons; don’t skip class. Pay attention, take notes, and consider what you did well despite the unintended results and what you did poorly that you can change.
Don’t do it alone: Surround yourself with friends and advisors who can honestly reflect you to you. Seek their advice and encouragement; allow them to be with you in your failure.
Own the results: Your failure is yours and growth stems from owning that. Making excuses and trying to justify is a waste of time. Successful leaders acknowledge the failure, accept it, and move on.
Focus on your goals: Goals are steady lighthouses offering guidance in the darkness of failure. They show us where we are going and encourage us to keep moving. Revisit your goals often and let them be the motivation to carry you though temporary setbacks. More on Goals in previous blog here.
 
In 1968, a scientist at 3M attempted to create the most super of superglues. But instead of a superior adhesive, his experiment produced a disappointing, reusable adhesive that was only moderately sticky. The company shelved the product for over a decade until invention and innovation collided to create the Post-it® Note.
 
Apparent failure is not the end, it may actually an unrealized beginning.

Hurdles to Success: Overcoming Procrastination

Do you ever feel like the only thing standing in the way of achieving your goals is…you?

 
Dreaming, scheming, and planning are not the problem, action is. Procrastinators can be busy people whose busyness consists of low priority tasks. They (you?) often sit down to do an important task and then immediately run off to grab a cup of coffee or color code their closet. Procrastinators are not short on intention, they are short of enaction, always waiting for the “right mood” or optimal time to start getting important things done.
 
At Gneo, our goal is for you to achieve yours. We love seeing you reach your greatest potential so let’s talk about how to make procrastination a relic of a bygone you.
 
The Underlying Why
 
Once you’ve acknowledged that you procrastinate it’s time to find out why. Ask yourself honestly why you don’t do the things you want to do.
 
The reasons for procrastination range widely: feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, fear of failing, excuses of being too busy, indecisiveness, disorganization, or simple apathy toward the task. In basic terms, people do things they enjoy that don’t cause pain or discomfort while they avoid unpleasant things that demand something more.
 
When you learn why you procrastinate you can conquer it, accomplishing your goals instead of stagnating in avoidance.
 
Tools for Finding Freedom
 
Living efficiently and effectively is not our default setting, but it can be learned. Once you’ve addressed your procrastinating tendencies you can then start combating them.
 
Clarify what you actually want: Clearly identify your goals and use them as guidelines to align your priorities. You are more likely to feel motivated when you care deeply about the task at hand and see how it impacts a larger objective.
 
Delete and delegate: Your time will always be the limited commodity. Demands from life, work, and relationships will forever compete for your attention and schedule. Be ruthless in what you choose to do and what you choose to leave undone. Eliminate tasks that don’t contribute to your end goals and delegate anything that can be done for you, instead of by you.
 
Plan: Procrastination and disorganization often stem from lack of planning. Think not only about the coming day, but also about the coming week, and set both short-term and long-term action plans. Remember that work and task accomplishment is just as important as building in breaks. Just like all music is a combination of noise and silence, effective living is also a blend of both action and rest.
 
Break it down: Don’t get overwhelmed by large goals, thinking of them as impossible because of their immensity. Break them down into bite-sized tasks that can be finished in an hour or an afternoon and slowly the big goal will accomplish itself.
 
Use others: Inviting other people into your process is vital. Seek the help and advice of others in your decision-making. Borrow from the expertise of those who know more and welcome accountability into areas where you struggle.
 
Believe in yourself: We do!
 
Procrastinators, it’s time to trade your old motto of, “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow” for the infinitely more productive, “now is now.”
 
Now is indeed now, what will you do with it?

Hurdles to Success: Overcoming Busyness

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
 
Busyness is a badge of honor in our society these days. Packed schedules, booked calendars, and claims of “not enough time in the day” impart the feeling of being important and necessary.
 
But busyness and productivity are not the same thing.
 
Doing more does not help you accomplish more; it does not make you a better friend or enable you to do more effective work. Gneo’s goal is to help you differentiate between busyness and productivity, giving you a tool to recalibrate how you think about work, life, and relationships.
 
Knowing the Difference

So, are you busy or productive?
 
1)    Are you efficient? Productive people know how to streamline their priorities and eliminate unnecessary activities and tasks. They have a clear goal and funnel all efforts toward that end. Busy people operate by scattershot action, stumbling through their days from crisis to crisis, never actually making time for their goals.
 
2)    Are you relaxed? This question can seem almost comical to those who find identity in their busyness. Relaxation is for tropical vacations they never take. Productive people create space for pausing and resting. They reflect on what they are doing and plan ways to achieve their goals.
 
3)    Are you flexible? Busy people have the feeling that there is always too much to actually do. Their plate is full and accomplishing tasks is a method of survival, a figurative bailing of water out of an inundated boat, than a means to an effective end. Busy people don’t feel that they can accommodate a disruption or deviation from the plan. Productive people are quite the opposite. They know what needs to be done and how to best do it. They have created space and thus can be open to spontaneity.

Productivity Disciplines
 
How can you swap your busyness for productivity? Practice these disciplines:
 
1)    Know Yourself: Productive people know themselves and have a clear picture of their own strengths and weaknesses. They know what easily distracts them or derails their efforts toward effective action. They know the time of day they are most productive and the people or activities that provide an extra boost of energy when motivation is lagging. Productive people also have clearly defined goals that shape their actions. They resist tasks that don’t contribute to their end goals.
 
2)    Prioritize: If you regard everything as “important” then paradoxically, nothing really is. Once upon a blog we talked about how to differentiate between the urgent and important. Here’s a refresher: http://blog.gneo.co/post/68774312160/urgent-versus-important-gneo. By categorizing tasks by their urgency and importance you can triage your day and plan accordingly. You will gain a clear vision of what to do and what to leave undone.
 
3)    Say “No”: Say “no” to anything that doesn’t contribute to your end goal. Say “no” to time wasters, especially on the Web. Limit the countless hours you likely spend surfing aimlessly, perusing social media, and checking, rechecking, and re-rechecking your email inbox.
 
4)    Use Gneo: Of course! Beyond simply using Gneo to shift gears from busy to productive, we want you to be a part of the Gneo tribe. Let us know what you think and be sure to share your tips, tricks, and success stories with your fellow Gneo friends. We can’t wait to hear from you!