Productivity. There are libraries full of how to master it and web page after web page explaining how to get some more of it. I have nothing new to add to this conversation, but I will share what works for me.
I find myself jumping between two different mindsets and approaches to productivity: The feel good approach and the hard-ass approach.
It’s a sunny day today and I’m feelin’ good, so I’ll start with the feel good approach. The feel good approach is all about working naturally and realizing that ‘slow and steady wins the race.’ The feel good approach reminds you to (cue Stuart Smalley voice over):
- Work with your natural rhythm; if you’re most productive in the morning schedule you’re important work then.
- Don’t overload yourself. Realize what you can realistically accomplish and don’t plan any more.
- Work on your most important tasks first, if the rest doesn’t get done, come back to it later.
- Tell yourself you’re just going to work for ten minutes, you’ll usually work longer, but if not that’s okay, too.
- Remember sometimes you can just get one thing done a day that moves your business forward, and that’s…okay.
Use the feel good approach when your reserves are low and you need to gently prod yourself to your sewing machine, your laptop, or whatever item is the tool of your trade.
Next time we’ll take a look at the hard ass approach, so grab your helmets and strap on your seat belts.