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The Secret Recipe to Productivity

Productivity is one of the most used words in our vocabulary. It’s a quality that matters to both a business and the individual. Everyone wants to feel like their life has purpose, and productivity is a measure of whether or not you’ve applied yourself and have something to show from your day.

There are apps, books and careers dedicated to getting us to be productive and yet, the average person tends to trudge through their day and force their productivity to come out. It’s a chore, not a habit.

In a recently discovered blog called, TYNAN, the article, Why Obsess About Productivity?, got me wanting to pinpoint the key ingredients for productivity.

  1. Be Excited

This might seem obvious, but too many people are living a life that they simply aren’t passionate about. It’s no wonder why the daily tasks that make up their day are less than stimulating. For instance, if you like writing and yoga, these tasks will be easy. They make you happy, and with some intention, they’ll become habits. If you hate running and coding, these tasks will most likely take forever to finish, and even when you did manage to, it’d most likely be done badly.

So before you can change your day to become the better version of yourself, first decide if the way you’re spending your time is actually the way you want to spend it. Reflect over your day. Are you proud of your work, your hobbies, and your habits? If not, what else would you like to do? Zen Habits Leo Babauta gives this encouragement in his article, Letter to an 18-year-old on the Career Path Less Traveled, “Try a lot of things. When you get good at something, by the way, you’ll like it much more. You’ll suck at everything at first.”

Imagining change is scary, but the idea of doing something that makes you miserable just because it’s available is even scarier. You have one life. Get excited about it.

  1. Make your work a Sprint. Not a Marathon.

This advice comes from Jamie Herzlich’s article, “Small Business: How owners can reduce stress.” The concept is essentially to work hard and stay focused when you’re doing a task rather than attempting to work constantly and running out of steam.

Jeff Haden’s article “The 8-Hour Workday Doesn’t Really Work,” gave this advice, “Instead of thinking, “What can I get done in an 8 hour day?” I’ve started to think, “What can I get done in a 90 minute session?”

Also, Give yourself breaks after you finish a task and clear your head. This keeps you from “multitasking” for the sake of working, which usually equates to scattered, unproductive effort with little product. If you’re bogged down, try to stretch, walk, or laugh rather than sit in your chair and go on autopilot.

  1. Stop Rushing and Get Organized.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where your server was going nonstop? Did you enjoy the experience? Did it make ordering your food easier? Was your server even doing a better job?

Now imagine that your coworker rushes like this hypothetical server. Does working with a manic manager make you a better employee, or a scattered one? Most people would agree that it’s easier to accomplish a task and enjoy yourself while you do it if those involved stay calm and collected. This point is expanded upon in Will Yakowicz’s article, “Stop Rushing at Work: Stress Makes you Less Productive.” “The key is to plan and prioritize instead of being reactive. Being in control instead of being rushed helps your employees to stay calm, avoid stress, and be more productive.” The point: don’t rush your tasks, rank them.

On this same thought, you don’t have to respond to every email immediately. Instead, try to set aside a few times in your day to respond to all your emails at once so that you don’t lose focus on what you have set out to do.

  1. Stay Motivated

Now that you’re passionate, focused, and organized, the only thing you’ve got to do is maintain that energy. This is done by accomplishing the tasks you’ve set for your day and giving yourself the credit for these achievements. Whether it’s making a checklist and steadily eliminating your tasks, or the positive momentum you’ve collected from knowing that you’re having a successful day, recognize your pattern and repeat it with joy. Because you are now doing a job you love, and you’re doing it well.

Living the dream is possible. You just have to enjoy yourself and set your pattern.

 

Say No to Quantity. Aim for Quality and Discover a Better Life.

Learn to Say NoAndy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

I read advice once that you should make a todo list every day, and then rip it in half. Too often we think that we can do it all, but what we fail to take into account that many of our daily tasks come out of nowhere, and we can’t possibly expect to finish everything on our filled to the brim to do list.

Therefore, be reasonable because after all, you’re only human. And waiting another day or two to get a few things finished usually won’t affect the way that people think of you, your job performance or your overall ability. Instead of obsessing over everything, choose the things you have to get finished to feel good about your day, and do those. If there are too many of those things that you HAVE to do, consider informing the task giver that you can’t get said task done and asking for an extension.

If this isn’t possible for any of the tasks that you must get done that day, then you may have to work a few hours, but this should only happen every once in a while. If you’re having to work late every day because you have too many things to do, then you have too many things to do. Therefore, you need to talk to your boss about the amount of work he or she expects from you and restructure what’s required of you.

Remember, you’re allowed to have a life, and if the place you work at isn’t willing to let this happen, then you should consider finding a new job. Because eventually you’re going to get burned out, make a mistake and get fired anyways.

Do quality work every day in such a way that doesn’t overwhelm you. Take each task one at a time so that it doesn’t distract you. And work hard enough so that your challenged but not miserable.

Be assertive. Learn to say no. Gain control over your life, your performance and what you’re willing to give.

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A Business Keynote Speaker Won’t Use “No Time” as an Excuse

A business keynote speaker won't use 'busy' as an excuse for work-life balance.

A business keynote speaker won’t use ‘busy’ as an excuse for not maintaining a work-life balance.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

These days, everyone has a million things going on but it’s a truly successful business keynote speaker who prioritizes their time to maintain work-life balance. Andy Core, an expert speaker, talks about how he makes time for both sides of his life.

Prioritize

First, you need to figure out what exactly it is you want your balance to look like. Is there going to be more emphasis on work, or on your personal life? Once you do that, budget time for both ­ and stick to it.

Re-Evaluate Your Priorities Constantly

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to make a new list each day, but to allow yourself to be flexible to life’s goings-on. If you stick too rigidly to any one plan, you risk being left behind. A business keynote speaker says that if you are too loosey-goosey with your work-life balance idea, you just won’t have one. Schedule in regular time for the gym, grocery shopping and chats with the family, but know that work can take longer than expected some days. Conversely, when work is slower, use that time to catch up on other areas of your life that may have been neglected a bit.

With a little bit of practice, you can maintain successful work-life balance like every successful business keynote speaker.

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Motivational Keynote Speaker Recommends Ways to Avoid Stress

Motivational Keynote Speaker Andy Core, says that a an individual you should employ techniques that help you avoid stress

Motivational keynote speaker Andy Core, says that as an individual, you should employ techniques that help you avoid stress.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Being Organized

A motivational keynote speaker points out that nothing brings stress into one’s life more than being disorganized. There is need to set goals for your life in general. The next step would be to start each day by reflecting on the things that need to be achieved that day. More like a to-do list. However, don’t crowd the day with more than you can reasonably accomplish. Be realistic and make sure that you include breaks in the day. Whenever you want to set goals or things to do for the day there is need to know your limits. The motivational keynote speaker says that you need to know your limits as an individual. There is no point in setting overzealous goals for a day only to beat yourself up at the end of the day for not achieving what you planned.

Prioritize

With all the tasks you set in your day, you should always prioritize them. More focus should be put on those tasks that are higher on the list and you work your way down. This way, you will get the most important things of the day done. Considering you have difficult tasks in a day, the motivational keynote speaker advises that it is important to do the difficult tasks early in the morning when you are fresh and you give them your best and can get the best results.

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