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The Personal MBA

A quote from Josh Kaufman’s new book “The Personal MBA”:

To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed, track your projects and tasks separately. Here’s what I do: I always carry around a notebook that contains a 3 x 5 index card. The card contains a short list of my active projects. The notebook contains my to-do list: the next actions that will move my projects forward, which I process using a system called “Autofocus”, which was created by Mark Forster. The system helps me use my intuition to identify what I can do right now to make progress.

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Now you've got to finish and publish your Final AF to make his book out of date and in need of a second printing!
Welcome back Mark.
November 29, 2011 at 22:27 | Unregistered CommenterBenG
Hi, Mark - just saw this post pop up in my RSS reader. I'm a big fan of Autofocus - I've been using it since version #1 with great success, and I'm looking forward to more details about your "final version." All my best!
November 30, 2011 at 4:06 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Kaufman
Brilliant Mark! Such cross referrals are worth their weight in gold, just in terms of the exposure and visibility of your system.

I'll certainly be on the look out for Josh's book when I get a chance, and of course, am eagerly awaiting yours.
November 30, 2011 at 8:21 | Registered CommenterJD

I've got my credit card ready for whenever you get a product to sell on the "final version" and with the New Year around the corner I'm sure you KNOW that increased productivity is always on everyone's list.

Wishing you the best!

December 1, 2011 at 15:16 | Unregistered CommenterRobert
Very nice.

Recently I was on the receiving end of some mockery from some guys who seemed to think that everyone should manage all their time management information via a smartphone. Especially an IT person such as myself. So, always good to see the ol' notebook being validated! :)

Plus, of course, the well deserved accolade for Mark.
December 2, 2011 at 2:25 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Schapel
Josh's book is fantastic, and this reference is exactly how I found Mark back in January. Thanks to both of you. :-)
December 2, 2011 at 21:06 | Registered CommenterTim Shadel
Interesting, what he said. When I was using Autofocus, I always ended up dismissing the same "tasks", over and over. These tasks never seemed to be ripe enough, even when re-entered to be more specific. Actually, they were future projects that I would tackle when I would be over with current ones. I never thought of making this distinction between "projects" and "tasks".
December 5, 2011 at 8:32 | Unregistered CommenterLaurent
I have got card prepared for whenever you get items or support to provide on the "final version" and with the New Period around the element I'm sure you KNOW that greater productiveness is always on every your collection.
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December 10, 2014 at 6:39 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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