Why do you want to be more productive? This is not as easy to answer as we may think. Sometimes it's fear. Fear of employment or business success. In some instances it is to aspire for us achieve something incredible in our lives. The key is to understand what it really is? Don't lie to yourself. If you want to achieve some goal, there is usually something deeper than that. I will share mine. I fear a lack of...everything now and the future. This becomes more acute the older I get. My secondary reason is the real dopamine hit I get from getting things completed. Especially if they are things that are aligned to my values. I feel it. I feel happy. The reality is none of us will ever get everything completed. The key is getting "our" things done. Why do you want to be productive?
I have begun to get my weekend effectiveness back. Sometimes that includes time to do "nothing". Or whatever you or I want to do. Last week I met with some friends who are writers. It was amazing and we had an authentic conversation about writing and the trials and tribulations of our days in this era. We chatted about everything from race, to politics, to our common struggle and shared experience. These topics are usually "Third rails" or "off limits" in some groups. I really appreciated the candor and the being in the "now" with these friends. I love being a creative. My mind speeds up. My emotions heighten. I feel words more acutely. It and I felt and feel marvelous. This weekend, you probably have a list of items that you or someone else created. Get those things completed but don't beat yourself if it all doesn't get done. The point of a productivity system is to capture what you need, want, and wish to do. It is not to do it all on any given day. Take a moment, an hour, or half a day to just be with another soul. Really be with them. I guarantee you will feel your own spirit filled and energy replenished.
One of the key things I've incorporated into my productivity life is prayer. Prayer not for myself but for this world (I know, I'm in the world). I do share the gratitude for all things and those who are on this spinning globe. I also hope to have an open mindset as the day commences. You never know what it will bring you. I was in a borderline argument with someone early in the morning. It wasn't pretty. Shortly thereafter, I had a senior executive give me recognition on a call with thousands of people. People were hitting me up most of the day, but I kept thinking about the morning. I prayed (got on my knees) for the person I had a disagreement with. I dug deep (detective work) to find out that there was a hidden X (look for a future post on this topic) that had stressed them out and they were reacting. Most of us do some type of prayer or meditation each day. Doing it early and often gives you the foundation for a productive day. It allows you to weather your ups and downs and stay focused. Remember, hit me up at email@example.com if I can help you in any way.
I shared last time about how I scan papers and why that is important. You might have be asking about what do I do with the scans? I categorize everything by time and title. For example: A file could be called " 030721 TBT War on Paper 2". I recommend categorizing by months first. In the old days, I had a ticklar file that I used to put physical papers in to get them off my desk. For me it is easier to remember things by time and title. Using a storage system that is online is a great idea. You may already use some the below examples:
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"Your time is your life!" -Winston
THE WAR ON PAPER
For me one of the biggest time sucks, is the clerical life that many of use when it comes to paper. These next few posts, I will share some of the ways I try to combat the mountain of paper that can accumulate in our lives.
Scan it! I use an app called "Scannable" for critical papers. When I scan it, it can become searchable in tools like Evernote. I believe Apple Notes, Bear, and Google Drive have similar abilities. I could just say scan everything and it will solve everything. It won't, but it's start. I recommend scanning documents you may have to reference or access via a device. I once scanned the warranty for battery for car. The battery died. I took it back to the store (short period of time, a couple of months). They had no record of me or my warranty that I purchased. I shared my clear image and they honored it. I know it's a bizarre example, but it was better than having a file folder draw (The old Winston), that I would have to dig through to find a piece of paper.
Next I will tell you a thought (or two) on what to do with the images.
Finding ways to save you minutes at a time, it adds up -Winston
I'm really good at some social networks (LinkedIn) and not so good at others (YouTube, but I will get better), but I found a new clutter spot. I was looking at my Twitter and realized I was following stuff more than I was following people. This must have happened over time. I unfollowed over a hundred brands, personalities, or cities. I realized something cool. I started to see the feeds of people. I'm interested in people, not stuff. It was cool to actually find out what people were doing on Twitter. Get rid of ads masquerading as twitter handles.
Love people, manage stuff. Not the other way around. -Winston
Today marks six months since I changed my diet and my exercise routine. I haven't had any thing that walks, swims, or has wings to eat. I also decreased the intensity (no more two hour marathons for me) of my exercise but increased the frequency. Today is the fiftieth day in which I have done exercise for at least thirty minutes. Focusing on a healthy life is so important to your personal productivity and goals. Make a plan for your life. It is so important to you and the ones you love.
One of the cool things about the CONQUER productivity system, it really allows me to accelerate milestones. It helps to look at life in a view that captures my health, finances, relationships and goals. I am so proud that tomorrow (12pm) David V. Wilson and I will be launching Season 1, Episode 1 of "SURVIVING BUSINESS". It has been in the making for some time and it will be a ton of fun. Check out the link for some info on our first juicy industry ( Hint: Kids and...the two of us enjoy it ). Keep painting your masterpiece!