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The paradox of productivity

https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/the-paradox-of-productivity-f8a4add97bde

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The paradox of productivity
When I started working on Catalysr in 2016, I was extremely unproductive, checking Facebook every 10 minutes. But overtime I became obsessed on how leaders get things done. I worked on improving myself, from reading and listening to podcasts, to getting some fantastic mentorship from my co-founder Jake Muller and others, and finally applying it to develop my own regime over the last 3 years.

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The Experimental Mindset

The Experimental Mindset

Instead of following the tips from other people, one should have an experimental mindset to try and build a lifestyle that suits them. And this in itself is a process.

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Gustave Flaubert

“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work."

Gustave Flaubert

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Order and Creativity

Order and Creativity

We are not very good at multitasking because can truly focus on only one thing at a time.

Discipline leads to creativity. If we are able to bring discipline and order in our daily lives, by decluttering and focusing on the important things, we can be more productive and achieve a lot.

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A Daily Habit

A Daily Habit

By using regular systems for your daily activities and bringing in good habits in your day, you can increase your productivity and eventually achieve your goals.

It helps to regularly check your energy levels and find the right time of the day to do your best work.

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Daily Practice

Daily Practice

Regular practice develops your skills due to the fact that productivity habits compound.

The act of a successful positive habit increases manifold as we move up the ladder.

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Week Day Distribution

Week Day Distribution

How a week can look like:

  • Mondays can be used as a schedule setting and meetings day, setting you off for the entire week of productive work.
  • Tuesdays can be used for thinking, analysis, and writing, with minimal use of email or phone.
  • Wednesdays can be used for distraction-free deep work.
  • Thursdays as a catch-up day to do all spillover work from the previous 3 days.
  • Fridays can be used in an activity that interests you the most, like training other people, for example.

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Get errands out of the way

Sundays are a great day to get your errands out of the way, like grocery shopping. Also, take time for cooking meals, cleaning rooms, or dropping things off at different shops. You most likely don't have the time and energy to do these activities after work.

But don’t spend all of Sunday on these tasks. Even though they’re important, you still need some time to decompress.

Schedule something fun

Make sure you also do something you enjoy, like brunch with friends or spending time with your family. 

This gives you something to look forward to during the week and it also helps you to disconnect.

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Keep your high-energy times open

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Focus on the 5%

Bedros Keuilian, founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp (group fitness training brand):

"Only 5% of the things I do are tasks that actually move the money needle, and those were the critical things that I needed to focus on 100% of the time. Everything else can be delegated to team members or subcontractors who have the skill sets and abilities to perform the job. This has been a game-changer for my business as we continue to have massive growth year after year."

Eliminate interruptions

Dustin Moskovitz, CEO of Asana (productivity and project management platform):

"We practice “No Meeting Wednesdays” to ensure that everyone at the company gets a large block of time to focus on heads-down work without having to fit it in between meetings. This may be our most valuable cultural practice, and I encourage every company to consider adopting it. Additionally, we reflect frequently on whether our group activities are getting enough ROI to justify the interrupt and time expenditure. "

“Work, Play, Fit, Push” Framework

“Work, Play, Fit, Push”  Framework

1. Set priorities on Sunday.

2. Map out work (limit to top 3), play, fit (plan for at least 30 minutes each day), and push (do something that scares yo...