Productivity-First Admit Your Human Weaknesses

Pro-Tip: Productivity becomes much simpler once you accept your weaknesses as a human being.

I wish I were more productive. How about you?

The Podcast is a weekly conversation between Michael Sliwinski and Radek Pietruszewski about the things we’re interested in and passionate about. Michael developed a productivity app and a company called Nozbe. It is based on the ideas of David Allen expressed in Getting Things Done-The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

“Continuing our discussion about morning routines, we talk about how we design our week to make productivity easy.” As they discussed the topic, they hit on a great sentence.

It sounds like the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous or the guide to spiritual formation found in the book of Romans in the New Testament. Well, those ideas have been tested for years and proven to work.

I guess that’s just what I need to boost my productivity just a little.

Where do I fall short? Do these things bring a pang of conscience to you?

  • Do not find my best working time of the day
  • Do not get up in the morning at a regular time (early enough to get started)
  • Do not have a morning routine that gets me into the groove (see the link above)
  • Do not focus on getting one task done at a time
  • Waste time by immediately checking email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
  • Am not sure what to work on next
  • Have not assembled the best tools for the job at hand

Peter Drucker once said something to the effect that management is getting things done and leadership is doing the right things.

Therefore, as we look at where we fall short on a daily basis, there is a longer term view. We also fall short in deciding (for me the week between Christmas and New Years is the time dedicated to this process) what we want to be in the near future and longer term future.

Then we fail to set aside time every month to track progress. Are we becoming the person we want to be? What do I need to do this month?

Then there is the most important part. The weekly review. What have I done this week that furthered my goals? What opportunities have I missed or neglected? What are the three most important tasks for me to work on this week?

All the tips are great. However, every day I meet someone who thinks they are productive–and they are in reality far from it.

We all live in the land of self-delusion. Sometimes (at least once per day) we need to pause and consider where we fall short. Then we can wake up and get to work.

 

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