Monthly Archives: August 2014

Get More Done By Doing Less!

There are plenty of productivity strategies to choose from, now more than ever. Maybe trying to get more done in less time isn’t always the best answer. One should also consider the quality of work more than the quantity of work.

» Understand your own work habits, be aware of when you are your best.

» Schedule out your day and allocate time for your most important tasks.

» Stick to your schedule and do not multi-task.

» Work on one thing at a time, and do it well.

More reading:

Popforms – Better than productivity hacks: how to rewire your brain to be more productive

ZenHabits – The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

BufferSocial – The Best Time to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science

Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Start The Week Right: Just Do It!

It’s a new week and you’re staring at the computer, tablet or phone, wondering where you need to begin. You’ve been saying “I’m going to get more done this week. Really, I will!”

One of the best things in Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen is the work flow diagram, especially the part that asks “Will it take less than 2 minutes?” The answer: Do it! Likewise, from the article “26 Mini Productivity Hacks For A Simple (But An Awesome) Day” – item 13 is “Do It Now!”

Develop a new habit of getting small, simple tasks done as they come to your attention. Don’t put it off or create a new note or task in your favorite application. Get it done and out of the way (and out of your mind). Then enjoy the rest of the day knowing you have got some things done!

“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” – David Allen

Personal Improvement: Public Speaking

Life is full of opportunities and being ready to take advantage of them sometime requires preparation. For example, would you be able to make that important presentation when the time comes? Plan ahead, make an effort to improve your ability to speak in public or in the work place.

Over on Lifehack, there’s a good list of “10 Things You Can Do Now To Make Public Speaking Effortless.”

There are groups that specialize in helping people become better public speakers. Look for a local chapter of Toastmasters International and pay a visit to one of their meetings. Who knows, it might be fun!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”  – Maya Angelou

Food for Thought: How Can I Be More Productive?

Sure, we’d all like to get a little bit more done, at home and especially at work.  While asking that question, Charlie Gilkey over on Productive Flourishing came up with “50+ Better Questions to Ask Than How to be More Productive” with #28 being one of my favorites:

Have you taken a real break?

Don’t just try to take a break – put it your schedule. Take that 15 minute walk around the block you always keep saying you’ll go do. Do something not related to work that you enjoy. Then come back to the desk refreshed and alert.

“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” – George Washington Carver