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:

You know that the biggest Productivity Pirates live between your left and right ears.

Yes, you do need to be crystal clear on your Critical Result Areas, you need to be an outstanding priority manager (good time management is simply not good enough). Increasingly – you need to be a tech-tool ninja, dominating your devices, making them work hard for you, rather than you be driven by them.

But what about you? The you inside you? The you who acknowledges the gaps between your beliefs and your behaviours, between what you know and what you do. The you who accepts things within your own approaches that you might criticise in a competitor. Truth is, we could all do better in these areas.

Tips, tricks and hacks are not a secure foundation for sustainable productivity and performance improvement.

We can’t win easier without working on the inner game as well as the outer game. And, sometimes, our biggest productivity pirates live between our left and right ears. That’s why I always work on the inner game and the outer game in our critical results, workload, time and prioritisation training programmes. Working on the ‘Why?’ and well as the ‘How?’ Working on the inner gaps as well as the outer process-skill and behaviour areas.

So, take a moment, sometime soon, to write down some of those pirates squatting between your left and right ears.

If you want to eradicate one or two, you might find it useful to write down a big, compelling WHY for each one you will work on. Why are you even going to think about changing the habits of a lifetime? ask me if you want a few useful frameworks and ideas to get you started.

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Till next time… enjoy your day.

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