Be More Productive! 3,4,5…

3315671-metal-roadsign-spelling-productivity-word-over-blue-skyWe started this thread with 1,2,3…

Eric Barker shares 6 tips to increase productivity from Tim Ferriss’ book, “The 4-Hour Workweek”. Yesterday we highlighted the first 3:  Manage Your Mood, Don’t Check Email in the Morning and Before You Try to do it Faster Ask Whether it Should be Done At All.  You can read the post HERE.

Let’s continue with the final 3 tips:

#4) Focus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating Distractions

Focus is a function, first and foremost, of limiting the number of options you give yourself for procrastinating…I think that focus is thought of as this magical ability. It’s not a magical ability. It’s put yourself in a padded room, with the problem that you need to work on, and shut the door. That’s it. The degree to which you can replicate that, and systematize it, is the extent to which you will have focus.

We have more tantalizing, easily accessible, shiny things available to us 24/7 than any human being has ever had.

It’s hard to focus.

#5)  Have a Personal System

Barker says:  “I’ve spoken to a lot of insanely productive people.  you know what none of them said?  ‘I don’t know how I get stuff done. I just wing it and hope for the best.'”

Defining routines and systems is more effective than relying on self-discipline.

Great systems work because they make things automatic, and don’t tax your very limited supply of willpower.

Your routines can be formal and scientific or personal and idiosyncratic – but either way, productive people have a routine.

3 things to start with:

– What handful of activities are responsible for your disproportionate number of your successes?

– What handful of activities absolutely crater your productivity?

– Rearrange your schedule to do more of the first one above and eliminate the second one as much as possible.

#6) Define Your Goals the Night Before

Wake up knowing what is important before the day’s pseudo-emergencies come barging into your life and your inbox screams new commands.

Define your one or two most important to-dos before dinner, the day before.

Dan Pink shares this advice:  “Establish a closing ritual each day.  Know when to stop working. Try to end each workday the same way. Straighten up your desk. Back up your computer. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow.”

Barker asks, “How should you strive to feel when working? Busy, but not rushed.  Research shows this is when people are the happiest.”

6 Tips to Manage and Increase your Productivity:

#1) Manage Your Mood

#2) Don’t Check Email in The Morning

#3) Before You Try To Do It Faster, Ask Whether It Should Be Done At All

#4) Focus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating Distractions

#5) Have A Personal System

#6) Define Your Goals The Night Before

Why don’t you give these a try. Don’t try them all today, but address each one in the coming week and see how you feel about it, see how it works for you.

This is about working smarter.  You will be more productive! 

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