Even as a little kid, I always wanted to do things faster. Could I load the dishwasher faster? Could I finish watering the front yard faster? Could I take a minute off of my walk home? To me, it was a game. If I got my chores finished faster, I could have more time for the fun stuff, like reading. Still loving to read, I came across an article on extreme productivity that encapsulates many of the strategizes I’ve noted in highly productive people.
According to the author, John Doerr, “The 9 Habits of Extreme Productivity is your guide to changing the way you work so you can reach your goals while improving your happiness. You’ll be able to take control of your TIME, get in the zone, and achieve maximum results.” You can download the e-book for free and read it in less than 1/2 hour.
There is also a self assessment you can take which then targets your highest leverage points to being more productive. It turns out that their study found a statistically significant difference between a score of 4 and a score of 5 on a scale of 1-5. You might think like I did that 4 is a pretty good rating. We all hate it when the service technician at the car dealer asks us right out to score him a 10 as if his job depended on it. Well, those of us who rate ourselves pretty accountable versus totally accountable get less done in life and some productivity strategy and focus will make us happier as well as more productive.
I’m all in for that! Much of what they suggest is not new, but picking a few strategies and focusing on them could make you more successful. Take control of your time, get in the zone and achieve maximum results.
I’ll race you to the corner!
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