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How To Be Productive and Love It [VIDEO]

It’s Wednesday and you all know what that means. We’ve reached the middle of the week and there are still things that are undone and time consuming things that don’t actually need our attention (like Flight Control… most addictive game ever).

Today on the Triple S I wanted to touch a little on productivity because I know a lot of us are

  • employed
  • trying to find a job
  • being a parent
  • excited about doing something great
  • planning like ambitious people do
  • trying to get the holiday season figured out
  • or human,

… so there’s a good chance you’re also dealing with execution issues in some form or another.

The thing that bothers me about the subject is that we put ourselves under so much pressure to have a great resume, get more done, follow the examples of amazing leaders, and just be better in general that we don’t really spend a lot of time being content with what we have accomplished or what we already have. Something Leo Babauta talked about yesterday that REALLY hit home with me on many topics.

It’s time to think of productivity in a more positive light of something that is not only feasible, but something you’ve already owned and accomplished to your personal standards. It’s not about what others think you should do (except your boss… you might want to listen to him if you have one).

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Amy is the Founder of Savvy Sexy Social and President of Vlog Boss Studios, a digital marketing agency specializing in video content creation. Connect with her on Twitter.
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5 comments
hellobrio
hellobrio

I've been trying the GTD (Getting Things Done) organizational approach, but it doesn't keep me un-stressed! I've got to learn how to appreciate my accomplishments more so than dreading what I need to be doing. The more energy I spend actually DOING the things I need to do, the less time I mope around feeling sorry for myself for not having done "anything".

Back to GTD, it's a really amazing process for helping you be able to be on your top focus for when you're doing something that requires a lot of brain power. Check out the book! I also recommend "The Way We're Working Isn't Working". May not be totally relevant, but another great one for using energy effectively.

chrismcnamara
chrismcnamara

Huh. Setting goals that you can achieve. Not a fan. (unless you mean build up your execution muscles). Here's why:

You pace yourself based on your goals. If you're starting a marathon, you run at a different rate than if you're just running a mile. The truth is, you've no idea what's down the road, and maybe just maybe you could run top speed the whole time??!! C+ sucks.

Here's where the lexicon starts to get, well, dorky. Set your objectives as realistic. Don't have ojectives? Think of them as ingredients to make your recipe. If you can't come up with objectives to help you reach your goal, then take it down a notch.

Your goals should be killer, though. Only the mediocre are always at their best.

schmittastic
schmittastic moderator

@chrismcnamara I'm talking about To Do Lists. Not Goals. But maybe I should have made myself more clear. I absolutely believe that everyone should reach for the stars, but there is a journey before you get there. Those small and mundane tasks along the way will help you reach your bigger goals and you need to have those stepping stones in order to feel that what you want for yourself is attainable.

chrismcnamara
chrismcnamara

@schmittastic To do lists are a bane, fo shizzle. Strategies, objectives, purposes; in the end you do what you want to do. So, want what you're doing. Or ask yourself what's the hold up. Then give yourself a 5 second funeral for being a baby, and get on with it. Doers make the world turn.