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10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

More than tools, or tips, or tricks, productivity is a discipline. A discipline of establishing a trusted system for getting things done and actually using it.

And like any discipline, you need constant reinforcement. You need to remind yourself of the key elements that make it work as well as exposure to new ideas that might help your productivity continue to move forward.

Here are ten productivity tips that you should review and add to regularly. Pull this list out monthly and review it. You need to remind yourself of the first three items so you don’t develop bad habits. And the remaining seven are never one-and-done, but rather items that grow, change, and build over time.

3 Tips For Reading On A Kindle Or Other E-reader

3 Tips For Reading On A Kindle Or Other E-reader

 

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~ Harry Truman

There is no doubt that digital publishing has changed the publishing world. But I was a hold out.

Entering into a meeting with a consulting group, one of the men offered to help me with my bag while I grabbed a few things to carry to our meeting room. When I handed him the bag, he immediately reacted to how heavy it was.

He wondered aloud why my bag was so heavy. I told him it was because in addition to my laptop and various pens and notebooks, I usually carry around several books that I am working through.

Without any hesitation he stated rather bluntly, “Why don’t you just get a Kindle?”

A little taken aback by his directness and that he clearly expected an answer, I blurted out something about preferring paper books.

Leaders: Evaluate Processes, Not Just People

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Leaders: Evaluate Processes, Not Just People

Do you hate unnecessary steps in processes? I do.

Years ago I inherited my grandfather’s boat and trailer from my father. It wasn’t much, just a twelve foot Jon boat on a used trailer. But both the trailer and the boat are considered “vehicles” and therefore have to be registered with the state via my local county office. I knew that the trailer would have to be licensed and fortunately I had the out of state title that had been signed over to me by father who had carried the license in the years before I inherited the boat.

But what about the boat? It was a small boat, and as such, didn’t necessarily need a title as long as I didn’t put a motor on it. I could still register it without a title. But add the motor, and you need a title. Who wants to row around while they are trying to fish? So I went to the county to register and title my boat and trailer. I found out quickly that I could not title the boat without proof of ownership. There was one problem, as the boat was from another state that didn’t require a title, I had none. And I had no bill of sale since I had inherited it.

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

If you are not familiar with this term, where in the world have you been! A trusted system is your method for managing your tasks (open loops) in such away that you consistently get things done.

David Allen literally wrote the book on Getting Things Done. If you have not read the book, it is definitely worth it. I read the 2001 edition, but there is an updated version for 2015. Even if you read the original, it may be worth buying the new version as there are so many more available GTD tools today. Many of which are designed around David Allen’s GTD philosophy.

Let me be clear, this is a post about personal productivity. I am not talking about a system for managing team oriented projects.

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen

The basic premise of a trusted system is that it allows you to account for all your “open loops” – those things you need to do, calls you need to make, projects you need to follow up on, including items that are well in the future that you need to remember at the appropriate time. Once in your trusted system, you don’t have to worry about forgetting them and your mind can relax. A trusted system includes behaviors (like regularly reviewing your “inbox,” “waiting,” and “next actions” lists) and tools (your chosen methods or applications for each).

Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!

I am a husband, father of three, and a communications professional.

I have spent most of my career working with non-profits, churches, community organizations, and higher education in various capacities. I have worked in small organizations, large organizations, and rapidly growing organizations. But one element that has been consistent along the way is my interest and love for communication and communications media.