WWPYCBW: Productivity and Effectiveness (August 4, 2008)

Contents at a Glance
– 5 F’s from Nicholas
– 44 Tools for Productivity
– Reasons for Productivity
– Reclaiming Your Time

5 F’s from Nicholas
With the downturn in the economy, Nicholas proposes 5 F’s to counteract the effects in your business and with your team: (1) be fit and remove the mental distractors, (2) get focused on the immediate and the short term, (3) encourage flexibility in getting done what needs to get done, (4) keep asking “What makes us the favorite choice for our customers?”, and (5) be fearless — get on with what has to be done.

Analysis
Good ideas from Nicholas about embracing downtimes as streamlining opportunities.

44 Tools for Productivity
Jason offers a menu of 44 productivity tools, including a.nnotate.com (online documente review and collaboration), Google Docs & Spreadsheets, IMified, and many more. No mention of Eric’s eProductivity, however.

Reasons for Procrastination
Rick digs into the reasons for procrastination, outlining subconscious attitudes that cultivate procrastination: (1) ignorance, (2) skill deficiency, (3) apathy, (4) fixed habits and patterns, (5) inertia, (6) frail memory, (7) physical problems, and (8) perfectionism.

Analysis
Good list of things to watch out for. Identify the one that’s the biggest problem, and put it down for dealing with tomorrow.

Reclaiming Your Time
Leo suggest that if you are willing to make changes, you can reclaim your time.

I’ve always wanted to write, but never had the time. I’ve always wanted to exercise, but was too busy. I always wanted to travel, but who can get away? I’ve always wanted to spend time with my kids, but work comes first, right?

Wrong. I finally got smart and decided that my life is my own, to do with as I wished, and so I took a time out to decide what I really wanted my life to be like. Then I designed my life, and made a series of decisions and steps to get my life to what I wanted it to be.

He continues with a menu of 20 ways to reclaim your time, including (2) find your essentials, and (4) schedule the time.

Analysis
What are your on this earth for? What’s your unique contribution? Are you doing it?

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