For the past few years, I’ve found rising early to be a “secret weapon” allowing me to be more productive, more focused, and get more done. As the speaker in this video explains, these early morning hours are magical. The rest of the world is quiet, distractions are less, and the mind is at its … Continue reading "The 5 AM Club"
David Allen is a master guru of productivity. In his book , he summarizes best-practice behaviors for personal task management as: Get everything out of your head. Make decisions about actions required on stuff when it shows up—not when it blows up. Organize reminders of your projects and the next actions on them in appropriate … Continue reading "Effective Task Management In Less Than 75 Words"
In my last post, we discussed how productivity—efficiency at doing things—must be balanced with planning to be maximally effective. There are a lot of great books, blog posts, magazine articles, and podcast episodes discussing how to be more efficient. However, not as much attention is given to understanding what we should be doing or developing … Continue reading "Productivity: The Personal Hedgehog"
Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while that we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence. (Vince Lombardi Jr) For those who don’t follow the sport of Crossfit, Ben Bergeron may not be a familiar name. However, if you look him up—and … Continue reading "Becoming a Person Capable of Chasing Excellence"
There’s a common saying that goes, “If you want something done, ask a really busy person.” Why is that? Productivity author Laura Vanderkam answers this way: “A good juggler can juggle more.”. Being busy forces a person to figure out how to be more productive by developing better processes for managing tasks, time, and output. … Continue reading "Productivity: Doing the Right Thing and Doing Things Right"