Personal Productivity


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Good evening people,

I’m trying out this place called Artisan Coffee Bar, and their coffee is pretty damn good. Having myself a Flat White.

I know it’s been a while, it’s been more difficult then I thought it would be to get back into the swing of things. But ill get there. In my previous post ‘Better Than Yesterday, Always.’ I mentioned that it is essential to Keep Moving Forward and making today better based upon your own personal productivity. Now what is Personal Productivity?

Productivity isn’t the same for everyone, certain things that may be productive to one person may not be universal. Yes there are some general productivity tips that are more universal than others such as always educating oneself, exercise, being healthy and the lessons from people like Sharma, Branson etc (not all of course, but you’ll fine most of them are very applicable and useful).

Personal productivity getting things done that are important to you, that will help get you closer to where you want to be. It’s about not wasting your time, potential and life. Not all things that are considered productive may be productive to you, hence the importance of personal productivity. Look at reading, most people consider it a productive way to spend time, but I really don’t think that is true. Reading for entertainment is not generally productive, it’s entertainment and too much of it is a waste of time. Of course reading is the most productive of the entertainment mediums but if you want to be productive, there Erne other more effective ways. If you want to go into business, then read the biographies of great businessmen, “have a cup of tea with them”. Do not let the common perception of reading make it seem that all books are productive, plenty of them aren’t, especially now days.

Focus on what matters to you, whether you want to be a footballer, business tycoon, a parent, or whether it is to live a healthy life, fun life,etc . Know what you want and make sure most of your actions are in line. Why do I say most? Well because we’ve got to have time to kick back and do others things so that life don’t become stale and monotonous. Anyway, in order to really know what you should be doing, you have to be aware of what you want, you need to achieve clarity of your desires. And that requires of lot of thinking and personal time. Only you can know what you truly want, what your goals, dreams and ambitions are. Of course there’s no harm “consulting” others for advice,either be conversing or reading about the people you respect, what I like to refer to as mentors. They will help provide additional knowledge, guidance and wisdom to help you achieve Clarity and Awareness. But REMEMBER, that doesn’t mean you need to follow them exactly and become a copy of them. Learn from them, don’t copy them.
There are plenty of productivity sites with plenty of tips, you have to be able to see what you need and what will work and not try everything and anything you can read. Find a set that works for you’d and follow through on them and once you’re comfortable and consistent, then maybe you want to add-on and modify your current Personal Productivity M.O.

The foundation of all this is knowing YOUR goals, dreams and ambitions. Only then will you when you are wasting time and when you are making the best use of it.

Straight From The Heart

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Striping Away the Noise


We are surrounded by so much damn noise. Everyday, everywhere. Whether it’s literal noise, or people asking us to do stuff, or chores to get done or even our own thoughts bumping into each other in our heads. There’s just so much going on and so many of us live life in this state of mess and confusion because we’re just going with it. We don’t take the time to stand back and look what’s going on, we just do. And yes doing is good, but make sure what you’re doing is in line with what you want from life, that it is in line with who you are and that you’re not just doing something because it’s there, or because you’re just too confused from the noise that surrounds us.

As Peter Drucker once said;

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.

Are you doing things and have no idea why?
Are you busy being busy?
Are you too busy doing things that you don’t even know where you’re heading?
How do we know that we are making the right choices if we aren’t aware of what we want?

Take the time to Strip Away the Noise that surrounds you, that plagues your mind. Filter it and then you will be able to see where you’re going, what you need to do and what you can toss.

The noise around us can seem so daunting that before we even try to strip it apart, we give up. You don’t want to be so busy climbing up the mountain only to realise at the summit that you climbed the wrong on. That may seem like a joke, but it does happen. Remember, there is nothing so useless as doing something efficiently that should not be done at all.

Take it a step at a time, as Confucius said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Make an attempt everyday to get clear the noise, take an hour to yourself everyday to do this, when is up to you, but I usually do it when I wake up because it sets me in a great mood for the rest of the day. How can we achieve that which we desire if we sent even clear on what it is we want? How do we know we’re on the right track if we don’t take the time to regularly clear our vision. We need to get clear of what we want if we want to achieve it.

Robin Sharma said it so well, “Awareness precedes choice and choice precedes results.”

Sometimes we are too busy having fun or working or doing things that we forget to look forward.

Get clear of what you want so that the choices you make will be in line with it, and then, since we’re making better choices we will see better results.

I hope this helped spur you towards getting clear on life and taking control of it.

Straight From The Heart