Whatever our roles are, one thing is for certain. Next year we will be driving and delivering a new set of challenging, stretching goals, projects, targets and ambitions for ourselves, our people and the businesses we are engaged in.
In all probability our competitors will not be getting out of our way to make it easier for us, which could mean our workloads will be increasing in volume, velocity and urgency. If you know that you and your people can’t work any harder next year you must work even smarter than you are right now. Here’s how…
Vita is brevis and tempus does fugit.
Hippocrates, the ‘the father of medicine’, was right back in 400BC and is today. Virgil was right back in 29BC and is right today.
None of us have time, none of us can save time, all of us slide through it at exactly the same rate. That’s why it is so important for us to synchronise our compass and our clock, to weld our purpose to our priorities, even if it only means that we make better decisions on doing the right task at the right time for the right reasons.
Prioritising our tasks, of course is only a very small part of the game. The big play is ….
There is a lot of productivity literature around the subject of time and priority management, and you will find a fair share of it here on my blog. For now, though, just one question:
Q: When is the best time to wake up?
A: 10 minutes before the alarm goes off. Why? Because…..
People often ask me ‘Hey Rich, what’s your number one top tip for improving my productivity?’ They, of course, know that there is no such thing. But I still get asked it!
The truth is that our personal productivity is determined by our personal productive capacity far more than it is by any tip, trick, tool or hack.
Furthermore, this personal productive capacity is incredibly elastic. It grows or shrinks directly in relation to the quality of nurturing and nourishment we give it. And it is always within our control. the best way to improve our productivity
Last week a friend asked me for a few pointers for a ‘Best Man’ speech. He has known the Groom since school days and, like most of us, has been to a few weddings, but this is his first time as Best Man and he is looking for guidance.
Because he is also a client, I thought it would be useful to reply within my 4D Productivity formula framework. What would you add / modify? [click to continue…]
You are well aware that in the coming and going and the routines of our everyday lives, we rarely get to do everything we intend to do. This is true for all of us.
Yet most of us would consider many of those undone things as important to us; which makes for an interesting dichotomy.
How then can we better weld our core purposes to our priorities day to day?
My suggestion today is based on 2 very common drivers and one common assumption: [click to continue…]
I was taking our dog, Oscar, for an early walk in the woods behind our home this morning. It is something I do whenever I can. I find that it enhances my early morning gratitude, purpose and priority thinking.
Anyway, today Oscar and I set off, well before what passes for sunrise in Surrey at this time of year, armed with poop bags, doggy treats and an enthusiasm for what the next hour together might bring.
And then it struck me. [click to continue…]
Sixty minutes and one cup of coffee can be dangerous! This just in from the wonderful Martine Harris. Thank YOU Martine!
Thanks for today Richard. I feel told off, encouraged, and perhaps slightly scared! You managed to get straight to the point and I feel re-energised. I didn’t expect to get this much out of just one hour over coffee!
Expect the unexpected!
Yes, you get the ‘productivity’ thing, and you are always looking for ways to work smarter on your competing priorities, to give yourself an edge.
Chances are, you are delivering your results within a high interrupt, high volume, high velocity workload. You have most definitely put some useful tips, tricks and hacks into your workload management methodology. You are probably winning, although, sometimes, it doesn’t feel like it.
You already know this next point, but I’d like you to think about it for a little while longer than you have in the past: [click to continue…]
The count closed on 31st December 2015. All the evaluations from the Working Smart training programmes were collated and cross-checked. The results are impressive! Especially as they are measured up to a month after the training day! Results you might want to make real in your life You can achieve these results!