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Mike and Thanh break down their productivity predictions for 2017, and discuss how the future of inboxes, notifications, and the Internet of Things will take shape over the next year.

Cheat Sheet

  • Why the term “productivity” is such a buzzword and a brief look back at the history of the productivity industry
  • How productivity has changed in the last decade and what it will look like going forward
  • Why cross-platform solutions will be so important in 2017 (and beyond)
  • What you should look for when choosing a task manager
  • How the way you monitor inboxes (and which ones) will change in the future
  • Why hacking email for task management is not a good approach
  • How to deal with and tame all the different notifications you get
  • Why people tend to become overcommitted with their time
  • Why email is so inefficient when it comes to collaboration and what tools you should use instead
  • How lifestyle productivity will become more important as we become more connected
  • How the future will feature overwhelming options and what criteria to use when you decide what tools you’re going to use

8 Productivity Predictions

  1. Cross-platform solutions will become even more important
  2. More inboxes to monitor the more we move online
  3. Non-traditional approaches to email as people try to hack it to make it more manageable
  4. Information (and notification) overload with the rise of connected wearables
  5. More business, but less effectiveness
  6. Increased use of instant messaging (i.e. HipChat or Slack)
  7. Breakthrough in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  8. More opportunities to be distracted by “shiny new objects”


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  1. Hi Thanh and Mike.
    Great episode.
    Regarding the IoT issue, have you seen / tried OpenHAB?
    I know it is a bit like Thanh was saying in the episode, but I find it is very stable and doesn’t need much/any maintenance.
    The latest version will automatically find the connected devices you own so got don’t have to fiddle with scripts etc.
    It works with sonos, alexa, hue and many, many more systems.
    I have the following connected and interacting:
    Four squeezebox network media players
    Amazon echo
    A synology NAS
    A htpc running Kodi
    A sony android tv
    Four phones
    Milight connected bulbs
    Orvibo switches
    LaCrosse weather station
    Various Mysensors gear
    3* parrot flower power

    None of that was especially hacky, except the flower power.
    The rest is very easy – openhab acts as a bridge so that the functions of each individual device is exposed to the others, without them needing direct integration. Ie. Alexa and hue work together but they wouldn’t have to add openhab can talk to each and act as a bridge.

    You should check it out!

  2. Hi, Thank you for an interesting episode with a good suggestion at the end. I took five minutes afterwards and came up with the following thoughts:

    I think cross platform solutions will be important for me as I am an android user joining an employer who is likely to give me Apple products (I will double check this with them). I will need to look for cross platform solutions or change my personal systems (I’m in need of a new laptop soon so I might consider gradually switching to Apple).

    I’m likely to get overwhelmed with all the options when learning iOS. It’s a good thing I have the Dojo forum and slack channels to read and discuss my problems with others.

    I would like to disengage myself and not overcommit to email even though I’m entering a very conservative industry which is more likely to rely on email than instant messaging services. I will set a side time after the first two weeks to review my email routines, and try to figure out how I can disengage myself from it.

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