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May
02

My Secret to Productivity is Not Really a Secret

By Char

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Ben Yoskovitz wants to know our secrets – our secrets to productivity. He is holding a group writing project called The Ultimate Guide to Productivity and Adam Kayce of Monk at Work invited me to join in.

My secret to productivity isn’t really a secret – you have to LOVE what you do.

That said, I am not always the most productive person. I frequently fall victim to my two arch enemies, procrastination and perfection. I have to really take great care in which projects I take on to avoid these two menaces. Over the years I have learned what types of projects get me fired up and which don’t. In the old days, I was not in a position to turn any work down and I often had to take on projects that I didn’t love. Try as I might, the results of those projects show my real feelings and over time I am learning the power of “no”.

As I get ready to face the next decade in my business, the power of “no” needs to get stronger so that the power of “love” can guide my business to more productive, successful, meaningful work. In the fall I will find myself with larger blocks of time that I will need to manage. Something tells me that if I don’t love my work, I will be wasting an awful lot of time.

Alister Cameron also participated in this project and his post goes even more into depth about the importance of loving your work – i.e. passion and purpose.

I found some of the other participant’s posts to be very timely, too, like Wendy at eMoms At Home’s need for leverage and ChrisG is right on the money when he describes getting into a flow state – I call that times when you just have to “run with it”.

Need the zen? Dawud is all about staying focused and Adam needs clarity. Gayla’s zen is in the spreadsheet, and then some days its all about the caffeine!

Everyone is welcome to take this to their blog and share with us! However, I play by the rules, so I am personally tagging:

19 Comments

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Hi Char,

It’s so true; love makes the world go round. Or, as an old friend once said, “Love is the answer — now, what was the question?”

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Never being one who can turn down a game of “Tag, You’re It!” – I happily did this one. Productivity is a great topic to converse about.. I love to read the secrets of others. Yours especially hits home for me.. learning to say ‘no’ has been an ongoing battle for me since day one! Thanks, Char!

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Lisa – thanks for sharing your tips, too.

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Thanks for including me Char. Great topic too. Hopefully I can get a post done in the next couple of days. I’ve been a little swamped lately.

Cheers.
Dan.

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Hi Char

Thanks for including me…must get some work done..productivity and all that, but I am thinking on it and will post soon.

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Dan and Tara – I can’t wait to read your entries. I do know the swamped feeling though!

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Hey Char!

I think you are really right on. Passion is really what makes you go on through the night – work is like play! :)

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Mine’s up! Thanks for including me too.

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I can relate to the procrastination part of things. I am constantly distracted with kids, other wonderful blogs and phone calls. I found a wonderful article over on John Chow’s website by Jane May. http://www.johnchow.com/maximize-your-daily-efficiency

She has some great ideas for getting work done. :) Also I finally decided to just turn the darn phone off, except for when my fiance calls me. The kids I am still working on.lol

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