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Last 4 Ways that you can become a Personal Productivity Machine (Part 3 of 3)


In the previous 2 segments of this 3-part series I addressed the first 8 tips on how you can become a productivity machine. Now, we are down to the last 4. I would say the first 8 were very behavior-based and these are now getting into the more tactical and double-click arena as I would say. These last 4 may not be as obvious but are things that have helped me be productive.

Tip #9

Be on Top of Others

The reality is you work with people and people have their own minds, tasks, and lives. When other are part of your projects, deliverables, teams, or organizations, then you begin to form dependencies. Which means if they don’t delivery, then you don’t deliver. If they are late, then you are late. So what does that mean?

Never assume other are as organized as you are. Regular follow-ups are necessary, and sometimes you will need to follow up more than one time to get a response. Let it be a habit for you to follow-up, ask for confirmation, or give confirmations. Once others say that you follow-up too much, them put it on them to own being proactive with you. If they can satisfy this then you can lighten up the following up, however if not, then I would insist that you continue with the intensity. Because their productivity ultimately drives your productivity, or at least the productivity of your project deliverables.

Tip #10

Less Meetings & Shorter Meetings

Meetings have become something that business have become obsessed with. We are concerned about something we call a meeting, we need an update we call a meeting, we want to make a decision we call a meeting, etc. However, the unfortunate side to this, is that meetings eventually take over our time and take over our calendars.

I challenge you to first look at your calendar and try to reduce the quantity (#) of meetings by half of what they are today. So, if you had 10 meetings cut it 5. Ask yourself, if your presence is really needed, or if only a certain is needed from you, if you can provide it via email, etc. Think of ways to not have to physical go to that meetings.

Now after you have reduced your number of meetings, I challenge you to reduce the length of the remaining meetings to half the time. 1-hour meetings become 30 minutes and 30-minute meeting become 15 minutes. You will be surprised how productive everyone is and how efficient people will be with the time once constraints are put on.

Tip #11

Leverage Technology

There are lots of tools out there, if you simple did a search in a search engine. The tools available to you, can help you automate simple tasks that I would consider non-value adding in terms of something that you need to complete the act of. This is not about automating processes but rather automating your own personal productivity.

For example, I utilize a free app that automatically posts by IG, LinkedIn, FB, Twitter, and YouTube posts instead of me doing. The value that I bring is with my thoughts, opinions, and ideas. Instead of spending time on a daily basis to post to each individually, I spend 30 minutes at

You will be impressed by how much free software is available out there, determine what you can automate and then search away. You will notice your productivity increase.

In the previous 2 segments of this 3-part series I addressed the first 8 tips on how you can become a productivity machine. Now, we are down to the last 4. I would say the first 8 were very behavior-based and these are now getting into the more tactical and double-click arena as I would say. These last 4 may not be as obvious but are things that have helped me be productive.

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Tip #12

Exercise on a Regular Basis

We have all heard this before on the many benefits of regularly exercise, but I am here to add that exercise can also help out with your productivity.

Exercise makes your mind quick, your body quick, increases your energy, and increases your endurance. On top of this, it also boosts your ability to handle and shave off stress. You build up your stress armor over time. As you become more productive, you will need the extra energy. In essence, what you are doing is increasing the size of your gas tank. Not only will you increase your MPG (miles per gallon) but are also increasing the size of the gas tank, which means more miles that come out of you.

Closing

There you have it, those are the 12 tips on how YOU can become a productivity machine. Hope you enjoyed this part of the 3-part series. My goal is that you increase your productivity, so that you can produce the same that you produce more today in the same time, or produce the same in less time. So that you can focus your time on things you really enjoy in life.

Why not live and invest in today the way that most people won’t so that you can live several years in the future in ways that most people can’t!

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