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6 Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About

Vince Lombardi

"Success demands a singleness of purpose."

Vince Lombardi


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6 Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About

6 Brutal Truths About Productivity No One Wants to Talk About


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Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

Your thoughts don't define you; your actions do

Action gets results. Results are what you want, not just ideas.

Don't spend all your time thinking about everything you can improve. Until you start doing what needs to be done, you're not really making a difference.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.”

Getting started is the most difficult

The biggest hurdle is to take that first step. You have everything you need to make an impact in the world if you can push the reasons aside why you should not start now.

Use what you have right now where you are and just start. Watch the magic of getting things done.

Do one thing well, not three things poorly

Many people want to do well at work. You may risk and do much but will have nothing to show for it.

You won't be able to do everything this week or this month. That is okay. As long as you are consistent and stick to the process. It's important to take time out and ask how you could have done differently to achieve the same results.

Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

“If you see distraction externally, you end up creating an internally distracted state.”

Focus on the important few, and ignore the rest

The demand for our time is increasingly more than our capacity. We are currently flooded with information and requests and may feel compelled to meet the expectations.

It is draining us of the energy we need. But being selective and doing less is the path of the productive.

Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill

“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”

The perfect time is now

We will always be able to come up with another excuse why this is not the best time. There is no perfect time. So re-clarify your goals.

  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What should you do to get there?
  • What are the steps to take?

“Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realised how some simple harmless activities rob you of precious time.”

“Reflect on what you do in a day. You may have never realised how some simple harmless activities rob you of precious time.”

Doing nothing

Sometimes you can feel like you're always working against the clock, and rearranging plans and tasks to meet deadlines. When you do take time to relax, you feel guilty.

Taking breaks refreshes your mind and allows you to come back to your task with renewed energy and a sense of purpose.



The Akrasia Effect
The Akrasia Effect

Resistance towards what can help us progress is something human beings are experiencing for centuries. Philosophers call this extremely active and relentless force Akrasia...

Akrasia And Emotional Management

Akrasia is an emotional management problem keeping us from having a better future. It will make up any story to keep us away from something good. It will always prefer instant gratification, harming us in the long run, rather than doing something valuable that can help us in a positive way.

The side effects of Akrasia are stress, guilt, resentment, and missed opportunities.

Approaching Akrasia With Mindfulness

While the much-hyped motivation and willpower have little effect against Akrasia, mindfulness meditation has the power to refocus your actions, and stop the mindless time-wasting.

Mindfulness acts as a foundation for conquering procrastination. We need to proactively take control of our feelings and act towards our goals, something which is possible only with a mind sharpened with mindfulness.

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Become more organized
Become more organized

In order to be successful and reach your goals, you need to be organized.

One first step in this direction refers to starting your day planning: choosing the agenda that wo...

Practice a lot

Acquiring organizational skills, as in getting better at planning, can take a while. While finding the appropriate agenda is essential, making a habit out of using it is just as important.

Plan important moments monthly

When preparing your schedule on a monthly basis, make sure to add not only the daily tasks and objectives, but also the big moments.

For instance, integrating your friends' birthdays can prove both useful and time saving for the future.

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Have one daily priority

Many of us start our mornings with dozens of things we need to get done, but later realize that we haven't crossed any of them off our lists. We did get stuff done, but none of the things we pl...

Make planning a habit

Some mornings we feel motivated to create a to-do list, but that is often the exception. We need to get things done, even when we feel disengaged.

Start by setting the alarm for your daily planning session at the same time every day. Tack your new daily planning session onto an existing habit like drinking your morning coffee.

Align your to-do list with goals
  1. Break down your big goals into daily tasks. You can't add "Get in shape" to your daily to-do list, but you can add "spend 30 minutes on my bike."
  2. Consider your week as a whole. You likely have multiple goals. Some goals benefit from daily activity, while working towards others a few times a week can create momentum.
  3. Add your have-to-do tasks last. We often fill our to-do lists with have-to-do tasks that crowd the whole day. Adding it last forces you to fit your have-to-do tasks around your goal tasks.

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