Not only is Rashid more productive, but he also has time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. This is something that, in theory, we all strive for. Execution and sorting the stupid and repetitive from the critical are where most of us fail, however. Without getting into too much detail, it’s one thing to get things done. It’s another thing to find out what things need to get done. More on that later; for now, we’ll focus on how to get things done and on obvious and not so obvious ways to boost your productivity.
Have a To-Do List and a Pending List“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
Disrupt the To-Do List
“Even people who aren’t geniuses can outthink the rest of mankind if they develop certain thinking habits.”
An aside on getting the right things done: one thing I like to do when looking at my daily to-do list or even my weekly to-dos is asking myself this simple question: “Is there one item in it, that if done, will make all others obsolete?”
If there isn’t such an item on my to-do list, I need to rethink what I’m doing. To give you a real-world example, not so long ago, I could have spent my day talking back and forth to customers or hire a Customer Happiness Manager while I focus on getting my product in pharmacies across Europe. Even if I were to become the most efficient and diligent customer representative on the planet, burning through piles of emails in three hours instead of eight, it doesn’t mean that I should be the one doing it. There are other things that I should be doing.
“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
To minimize disruption and manage time as best as possible, I’d recommend following a 5-minute rule. By that, I mean: if an appearing task takes 5 minutes or less of your time to be completed, then do it right away. If it takes more, schedule it for later and finish your current task as planned.
The 5-minute rule mostly applies to people working with bosses, supervisors, and the likes. If you don’t have a boss, it’s advisable to create an environment around yourself where you don’t get interrupted, as interruptions just increase working time for no good reason.
Listen to Productivity-Boosting Music
“To write is human, to edit is divine.”
Another type of music to explore is video game soundtracks. Those soundtracks were made to complement the game, enticing enough and not so much as to distract. They are crafted to be interesting for prologued periods—game developers want you to keep playing their games.
Work for 50 Minutes Then Take a 10-Minute Break
“It’s very refreshing to go away and take a break, to clear your head, and just get into something else.”
Use a Pencil and Paper
“A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.”
Also, it is priceless to take pictures of your notebook and to upload it onto your Evernote. Evernote pictures are searchable and taggable, making for quick referencing and, most importantly, quick finding. It’s much better than making screenshots you’ll never find again with your iPhone.
Hire People to Do the Low-Impact High-Labor Tasks
“I choose lazy person to do the hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
People don’t come ready to perform out-of-the-box (unless you hire extremely good and experienced staff). Learning to train people has a massive impact on your life; even if you’re an employee and have a boss, learning to train, delegate, and automatize tasks will significantly improve your life, fast.
Use Nootropics to Your Advantage
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.“
There also are universal natural nootropics that cover every single aspect above: Maximum Mind enables one of the highest known naturally achievable increases in long-term brain function, translated into focus, memory, clarity, and balanced mood while being safe, health-preserving, and non-addictive.
“I know the mind, like the parachute, is most valuable open.”
That’s it for now. I hope you found one or the other trips useful and can apply these ways to boost your productivity in your life.
― Dan S. Kennedy
There’s only so much you can achieve with pure discipline and increasing your productivity. But applying a bit of lateral thinking to buy time at low cost (also called hiring people) so that you can focus on the things that only you can do (increasing leverage) goes a long way.Further, all productivity techniques and considerations become increasingly more valuable when you can share them with your team. If you’d like to expend on ways to boost your productivity, have a look at this post on ways to increase flow and this other one on ways to increase mental speed.
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