I attended a workshop some time ago. One of the segments was dedicated to productivity. The host asked us to brainstorm ideas on how to be more productive and what hinders those efforts. There was a lot of stuff mentioned, among others:
- Managing your time efficiently
- Booking periods in your calendar for uninterrupted work
- Getting things done and other methodologies
- Avoiding procrastination
- Removing distractions
- Having good rest
We also talked about focus and priorities, but in my opinion we only scratched the surface of what I consider one of the most important aspects of productivity. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you are efficient if you’re not doing the most impactful thing. So here are some articles to follow-up on this:
- Warren Buffett’s “2 lists” — a tale about priorities and distractors:
- Ivy Lee’s method of focusing only on the #1 priority untill you actually complete it
- The Ike Box or the 4D’s method about the distinction between urgent and important tasks
And as it turns out… When searching for articles about those stories and methods, I found all of them on the James Clear’s site, so obviously there is more great content there (for example he recommends Essentialism by Greg McKeown, which was also strongly suggested during the workshops).
If this kind of content appeals to you, make sure to check out James’ book: Atomic Habits as well as his weekly newsletter.
If you wanted a signle productivity advice from me: listen to what James Clear says. And stay focused. 😄