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How to create a productive workspace at home
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How to maintain focus and motivation while working remotely
In a world where information is freely available, focus becomes one of the most valuable commodities in the workplace.
Productivity is not about getting more things done; it’s about getting the right things done.
The core idea is a productivity system to help you focus on working on the right things. First, you’ll stop and define what productivity means to you by formulating, evaluating, and reformulating. Then, you’ll cut the nonessentials by eliminating, automating, and delegating. Finally, you’ll act by consolidating, designating, and activating.
Formulate: Decide What You Want
True productivity starts with being clear on what you truly want.
The objective of productivity shouldn’t be efficiency or success, but freedom. Productivity should ultimately give you back more time, not require more of you.
You should design your life first and then tailor work to meet your lifestyle objectives.
Start by defining what your productivity ideal looks like
Then break it down into a few powerful and memorable words
Finally, clarify the stakes by outlining exactly what you stand to gain if you achieve that vision and what you will lose if you don’t
You can evaluate tasks, activities, and opportunities based on two key criteria:
To determine where you are right now use a tool called the Freedom Compass.
True productivity is about doing more of what is in your Desire Zone and less of everything else.
If we want to be free to focus, we must eliminate everything standing in our way. That doesn’t mean simply saying no to a lot of bad ideas; it also means turning down a ton of good ideas.
Everything outside your Desire Zone is a possible candidate for elimination.
The yes-no-yes strategy to give a “positive no”:
How to create a Not-To-Do List:
Delegation means focusing primarily on the work only you can do by transferring everything else to others who are more passionate about the work or proficient in the tasks.
Some of us refuse to delegate by convincing ourselves we can’t afford it.
But the hours you spend on Desire Zone tasks will always be more profitable than the time you’re wasting anywhere else, so the cost of delegation pays for itself—and then some.
Design your work to focus on just one thing at a time.
You need to systematically decide what deserves your attention now, what deserves your attention later, and what doesn’t deserve your attention at all.
How to do a weekly review:
Spend 95% of your time on Quadrant 1 and 2 activities. Clear Quadrant 3 tasks quickly (delegate what you can) and eliminate all Quadrant 4 tasks.
How to design your day:
Plan days solely focused on tasks and refuse any meeting requests for that day
Shoot for three, and only three, key tasks each day (your Daily Big 3). Let your Weekly Big 3 inform your Daily Big 3.
Schedule time to do your Daily Big 3 on your calendar
"Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." ~ Andy Warhol
True productivity is about doing more of what is in your desire zone and less of everything else.
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