Look down. Are you wearing a productivity black belt and a loose-fitting productivity shozoko?
Then I’ve got news for you, kiddo, the answer’s no!
In this article, I’m going to teach you how to battle your schedule and win with my Five Steps to Becoming a Productivity Ninja.
Over the years I’ve honed these in my mind until they’re as smooth and shiny as a freshly-passed kidney stone.
And now I’m going to share them with you!
1. Do less.
You heard me. Some people think productivity is about doing more. But think about it: if you do less it’s easier to achieve 100% of your to-do list. That’s a 50% uplift in your productivity.
So what are you waiting for? If it’s my permission to be awesome, then guess what kid?
You just got it… BIG-TIME!
2. Do the things you usually do, but faster.
Sounds simple. But so many people waste unnecessary time doing pointless things such as attending to their negative self-talk or listening to their mom telling them about all the annoying things that happened at her hospital appointment. Inform “mom” she has two minutes to set out the key areas of concern and identify an achievable action plan or you’ll hang up. And no, “I wish you’d call me more,” is not an action plan!
Nice try, mom!
I know. Your grade school teacher told you to do one thing at a time. But where is he now? Probably still teaching grade school! Serves him right for giving terrible advice.
4. Fill in the gaps.
Lots of us have hours of unused “free time” such as during the commute, at our daughter’s piano recital or while waiting in line at an open casket. The secret to maximising your productivity is to spend this time in fruitful mental activity. For example, while I was writing this, I came up with an idea for an app that matches potential lovers based on the Three Main Odour Groups.
See? This stuff works!
5. Finish what you start.
Let’s face it. Finishing things is ESSENTIAL to getting them done. In fact, it’s pretty much the most important step. So what’s stopping you? Sit down and make a list of all the things that are preventing you from finishing your project — then when you’re done, bear in mind Bill Gates probably would’ve used that time to cure cholera.
Uh-oh! Better go back and read my list again!
I hope these tips help to awesomize your productivity. Now pick up your Sword of Nailing It and get ready to murder your to-do list in an unprovoked assault.
Because congratulations…you are now a productivity ninja!
By: Don Chudd