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Martin Betz

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Overview for 'Productivity'

February 22, 2020

How to write emails

Writing good emails is the key competency in any job in my opinion. Here is my checklist on how to craft good emails and one example.Make it scannable.Lead with your ask.Establish your credibility.Propose next steps.Give a deadline.If asking a question, propose a solution.Write your subject lines…


January 29, 2020

How to use Apple Calendar with Pomodoro

Breaking down your day in many small 25 minutes blocks is called Pomodoro. Visualizing and managing these blocks can be challenging. Luckily Apple Calendar helps with it. These are my best practices:Create an extra calendar just for day planningInstead of the default 1 hour blocks, you can set the…


January 31, 2020

Distraction-free Email with Mailmate on Mac

Email can eat up all your attention or can be a power tool to purposefully connect with your world. Setting a timebox is my tactic. I only read and answer mails in this slot. During the day I still want to send and find emails, so I want to avoid seeing new emails that might derail me from my initi…


February 4, 2020

How I manage my todos

To manage my todos, I use a mishmash of Getting Things Done, Bullet Journal and personal likings.I try to capture todos with whatever of these three methods is most convenient at the timePaper: I use squared paper and three symbol types, ᐧ (dot) for a todo, o for a log ("I worked out for 3 min…