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Action Tips:Make productivity intentional by
understandingwhat makes you tick: your skills, strengths andpassion: “why” you do what you are doing.YOUR PASSIONS+SKILLS+YOUR “WHY” +HIGHERPURPOSE+GREAT VALUE TO OTHERS = INSPIREDPRODUCTIVITY
Take your tasks and make
a small power list of 3 to 5 items thatyou need to get done today.Complete the items on the power list one after one and check them off.What are the projects and the tasks that need attention and prioritytoday?DO LESS, ENJOY MORE!
4. The Lean Startup ProductivityLessons:
Stop Spinning Your Wheelsand Take a New ApproachIn his wonderful book, The Lean Startup, authorEric Ries describes the Lean Startup process =BUILD, MEASURE, LEARN.
Imagine the productivity boost you
will receive if you were anADAPTIVE learner and took quick action and were unafraidof metrics and feedback.Taking advantage of feedback to pivot or persevere gives you atremendous productivity boost.
Action Tips:Take quick actions towards
your initialprototype.Measure what you have accomplished by actualfeedback from peers or customers.Pivot and change or persevere and moveforward. ADAPTIVE LEARNING=MOREPRODUCTIVITY
Action TipsBecome aware of assumptions
and beliefs that youhave prevented you to be happily productive.Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior andaction power.By developing more inner-vibrance and by addressingfear, doubt, overwhelm and self-confidence, you openthe field for happy and amazing productivity.
6. The Art of Creative
Productivity“Y% 0,$ $&v&r #%/v& , pr%b/&1%$ !)& /&v&/ %$ w)"0) "! w,#0r&,!&-.”― A/b&r! E"$#!&"$
In an engaging and short
TED talk, Derek Sivers says that theopposite of what we think might also be true somewhere else. Theexample he gives is that streets have names and city blocks do not inthe US while in Japan, streets do not have names but blocks do.
In some of the most
highly productive and Innovative companies, work spaces have been recognized to bevital for the continued creative and inspired productivity of the organization.The philosophy at Google is collaboration and innovation and their work spaces reflect thataspect of the company ideology. They make it very easy to talk and cross pollinate ideas.
In IDEO, There are carts
withmaterials and objects to quicklyprototype an idea, whiteboardsand stick-it notes everywhere toengage in innovative brainstorming.
Action Tips:What does your workspace
look like? Does it reflect yourpersonality and allow you to be effortlessly productive?Take a few moments to reorganize your work space,declutter or add elements that inspire your productivity.Pay attention to various elements of your workspace suchas color, tools, music and clutter. Do the various elementsinspire you to be happily productive?
The study indicates that taking
short breaks orbrief diversions from a task increases focusand hence the productivity of a task.A recent study in the journal Cognition at the University of Illinois atUrbana Campaign by Lleras and Ariga attempts to answer the questionwhether breaks are essential or detrimental for keeping us focused on atask.
Action Tips:You increase focus and
productivity by takingshort breaks or brief diversions.Work intensely for a certain period of time andthen take a very short break, move around anddivert your attention away from your workbefore getting back.
In Persuasion expert, Dr. B
J Fogg’s tiny habits program, change of habitsis facilitated by tiny actions and a change of context or environment.Changing the context or surrounding is a great way to inspire creativeproductivity and infuse your work with much required fresh air.
I believe that changing the
environment isa wonderful way to inspire andsupercharge your productivity.IDEO uses this principle continuously.Workspaces CHANGE and environments areremodeled to stimulate innovation.
In tibetan custom, elaborate mandalas
or multicolor designs are madepainstakingly for many days with colored sand. The final product isastonishing. However, after they have been completed, they aredestroyed to depict the impermanence of life and the detachmentthat we need to bring to life.
Action Tips:Worry less and do
more.Become detached to the outcome of your work andspend the mental energy on another projectFocus your time and attention on what you can do,improve and improvise.Let go of obsessing over the outcome of a project.Instead focus on making your work more amazingfrom feedback.
Action Tips:Attempt to do tasks
that you like to do and believe thatyou can do and eliminate excessive distractions in orderto focus and unitask.Work on increasing skill level and take on challenges thatmake you practice at the edge of your ability to facilitatea deeply satisfying feeling of flow.Increase the incidence of such flow events to intrinsicallyinspire your productivity.
14. EngagementOne of the most
important elements towards happy and inspired productivity is thelevel of engagement that you are able and willing to bring to the table.Are you willing to give it all you have and willing to go the extra mile to get the workdone or are you going to quit and become demoralized at the first signs of failure?
DO not allow FAILURE to
crush you.If you are willing to engage the problem with enthusiasm, if you are not caught upwith the perceptions and assumptions and perceived shame associated with failure,you give wings to your engagement and super-chargeyourproductivity.
Action Tips:Bring enthusiasm to your
work and be willing to engage theproblem.The level of inspired engagement that you are able to bringdetermines your ability to succeed through failure.Do not allow failure to crush you. Instead change themeaning that you give failure and turn up the volume ofenthusiasm and inspired engagement.
SUMMARY1. Make productivity intentional by
understanding what makes you tick: your skills, strengths and what you love to do and asking“why” you do what you are doing.2. Generate a mini-power list of items that you need to be done today and complete them instead of working with a huge list andgetting overwhelmed. 3. Attempt to not get tempted by the lure of unlimited choice. Some choice is great but more choice is not necessarily better.Restrict your choices somewhat and importantly set up a time frame for you to analyze and then to make a firm decision.4. Take quick actions towards your initial prototype.Measure what you have accomplished by actual feedback from peers or customers.Pivot and change or persevere and move forward. In the long-term, your productivity will increase on long-term projects becauseyou are an adaptive learner and action taker.5. Bust through common assumptions and beliefs that are holding you back: Become aware of assumptions and beliefs that youhave prevented you to be happily productive. Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior and action power.6. Practice creative productivity and allow yourself to look at a problem from different perspectives. Allow your creativity toconnect and combine novel ideas and look at opposites to be more creative.7. Manage your energy, not just time: Having high energy levels and feeling great can make you happily productive.8. Productive work spaces: Take a few moments to reorganize your work space, declutter it if needed and add elements thatinspire your productivity.9. Increase productivity by scheduling short breaks- work intensely for a certain period of time and then take a very short break,move around and divert your attention away from your work before getting back.10. Take a walking meeting-change your surroundings for amazing productivity.11. Detach yourself from the outcome: worry less, do more. Focus energy on doing great work, not worrying how it will turn out.12. Eliminate or minimize distractions: do what you like to do, reduce distractions, unitask, work on your skills and at a highdifficulty level to enter into a highly satisfying and inspiring state of flow.13. Productivity fostering habits and tools: Set up your support structure, establish favorable habits and make sure you have theright tools to foster and increase productivity.14. Engagement: Bring enthusiasm to your work and be willing to engage the problem. The level of engagement, navigation andmanagement through failure will determine your level of happy and inspired productivity.
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