Sharma on productivity

Posted on October 22, 2012

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Fitting in training as a long distance runner, fitting in work when there are adventures knocking at your door, fitting in play when deadlines are looming, fitting in time for yourself when you have kids, fitting in time for your lovers when you have others (!) …  it all boils down to productivity.

Creating explosive productivity.

This is something I continue to work on … my ability to get side-tracked for hours on end is an ongoing concern … like right now, when I’ve decided to write a post instead of tend to my day’s to do’s … a classic case in point!

Robin Sharma to the rescue then, thanks to his brilliant tips to master the art of productivity. Some are obvious, some are simple … but I think even the most productive amongst us could do with a little reminder at times …

  • Try to avoid checking your email until the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work
  • Stop waiting for the perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action
  • Remember that big, brave goals release energy so set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes
  • Mess creates stress so clean out the clutter in your office to get more done
  • Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams
  • Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life, the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm
  • Run routines. Study the creative lives of the worlds most successful people and you’ll discover they follow strict daily routines
  • Get up super early. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life
  • Don’t arrange so many meetings. And when you do have them, try standing up for the duration to keep them as short as possible
  • Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity
  • Outsource everything you can’t be BIW (Best in the World) at. Focus only on activities within what I call “your Picasso zone”
  • Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work Instead, have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours
  • Get fit. Get super fit. Getting to your absolute best physical condition will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity
  • Work in 90-minute blocks with 10-minute intervals to recover and refuel
  • Write a Stop Doing List. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that when creating Apple, it wasn’t so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore
  • Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day, get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. Use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio, excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning
  • Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days and so they make mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mindset of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems
  • Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. Turn off your devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results

Peak productivity isn’t about luck. It’s about devotion. Your productivity is your life made visible. So work at it … starting today. Or tomorrow. But definitely soon!

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