Be a pro­duc­tiv­ity rock star

North Coast Weekender - - News - An­drew Grif­fiths

ONE of the great­est chal­lenges we all face is the ever-in­creas­ing strug­gle to get things done.

Our “to-do” lists are get­ting longer, the de­mands on our limited time are in­creas­ing daily and we spend much of our day jug­gling the moun­tain of com­mu­ni­ca­tion di­rected at us across mul­ti­ple plat­forms.

We need all the help we can get to sim­ply feel a lit­tle more in con­trol.

I think there will ul­ti­mately be a com­mu­ni­ca­tion back­lash and we will dis­con­nect more and more and look for ways to avoid the grow­ing sense of be­ing over­whelmed and try to find some kind of har­mony in a rad­i­cally out of bal­ance world, sim­ply by re­mem­ber­ing how to turn things off.

But we’ve got a long way to go be­fore we are brave enough to do that. So what can we do in the mean­time?

For me, I need to feel that I’m in con­trol and mak­ing progress from the start of the day. So I’ve started do­ing some­thing re­ally sim­ple to try trick my brain into be­liev­ing I’m a pro­duc­tiv­ity rock star.

I make a point of putting be­tween five and 10 things on my to-do list that are re­ally easy to com­plete and I am likely to com­plete, sim­ply be­cause they are a part of my daily rou­tine.

For ex­am­ple, I have “get up” as the first item on my list. Now I don’t have any trou­ble get­ting out of bed, but I love look­ing at my todo list and putting a tick next to the first item.

From there I might get a lit­tle more ad­ven­tur­ous and re­al­is­tic and put some­thing like “check my cal­en­dar for the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties”.

You get the drift. These are easy things to do and I can rat­tle through 10 of them in 10 min­utes.

Hav­ing be­tween five and 10 of these types of daily tasks lets me en­joy the sat­is­fac­tion of tick­ing off a pile of things, which then makes my brain happy be­cause it feels like we are mak­ing progress and it helps me to build mo­men­tum.

I feel pos­i­tive, pro­duc­tive and sat­is­fied. I find that by start­ing the day like this, the mood stays with me the en­tire day and I ac­tu­ally do get a lot more done – and it feels ef­fort­less.

I be­lieve we need to do what­ever we can to win the war on pro­duc­tiv­ity. If you trick your brain into think­ing you are a pro­duc­tiv­ity rock star, you might just be­come one. See An­drew Grif­fiths speak at free Com­mu­nity Con­nect sem­i­nars in Perth, Man­durah and Joon­dalup on Septem­ber 11, 12 and 13 re­spec­tively. You’ll also get his book – The Big Book of Small Busi­ness – free. For de­tails, call 9237 1435, email con­nect@com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au or go to www.com­mu­ni­ty­con­nect.club

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