I have learned 3 things about getting good work done

I have learned 3 things about getting good work done:

There is no magic app:  My lack of productivity was never down to a missing app, or not implementing Dave Allen’s GTD system correctly, or not having the right colour pens and post-it notes.  I have everything I need to be productive with a keyboard and a text editor (I write).

Willpower is weak:  I have good willpower days (few) and bad willpower days (many).  Willpower depends on a good nights sleep, an absence of urgent messes to deal with, nobody letting me down and the Irish rugby team delivering a stunning performance.  These days are rare, and the likely self-flagellation and frustration from feeling like I am an especially lazy human being are very painful.  Willpower doesn’t work over the long term.

Triggers matter:  Instead of storing my good intentions inside my head, I write them down and put them around me.  Instead of waiting for motivation, I have a list of people to call who will leave me inspired after 5 minutes of conversation.  Instead of rethinking every day why I do this, I have a 1 page description of why my work matters.  I write blog posts when I see my blog window open.  I write in my notebook when I see it with a pen next to it on my desk.

I wrote a long series of posts on Productivity back in early 2014, with a tongue-in-cheek inspiration from my favourite childhood movie.  Here’s the full list of posts.

Published Jedi Productivity Posts

  1. Jedi Productivity Presentation
  2. Jedi Productivity 11 of 11: We need you. The Jedi must Prevail over the Evil Empire and why you matter
  3. Jedi Productivity 10 of 11: ”Luke! you switched off your targeting computer!” making time for yourself
  4. Jedi Productivity 9 of 11: Yoda’s first rule: Do or do not, there is no try
  5. Jedi Productivity 8 of 11: How the Death Star commander runs his Hyper-effective Meetings
  6. Jedi Productivity 7 of 11: R2D2, C3PO and the Power of Delegation
  7. Jedi Productivity 6 of 11: “Use the phone Luke…” Master the telephone
  8. Jedi Productivity 5 of 11: Han Solo’s guide to Getting on top of the Email Inbox (a.k.a. Jabba the Hutt)
  9. Jedi Productivity 4 of 11: Obi-Wan’s guide to say “No”, (these are not the droids you are looking for…)
  10. Jedi Productivity 3 of 11: Deal with Darth Vader’s Evil “Urgent” Interruptions
  11. Jedi Productivity 2 of 11: The Emperor’s guide to Goal Setting and the 20 Mile March (LT, ST, habits)
  12. Jedi Productivity 1 of 11: Obi-Wan says “Be Systematic” if you want Productivity (and balance)

 

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for this post Conor. Since I made the Speak as a leader course, I follow you in every web media. Your course was the best web course I made. All your posts, advices, and encouragement helped me a lot. Please , keep the good work! You’re helping a lot of people to improve themselves. I don’t know how many of them contact you, but I think a work like yours should get the merits it deserves. Best regards from Brazil

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