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The 5 Steps Method to Form a Good Habit

Your net worth in the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones – Benjamin Franklin

We all struggle to form good habits while we realize how vital they are to our success and fulfillment. No matter how good our intention is, we keep failing to wake up early, exercise, meditate and do things which can truly elevate our life.

I figured out a 5 steps approach to forming a good habit and how I became successful in creating many good habits.

You can do it too with the technique described below.

Each habit has two elements, the before “trigger” and the after “benefit”.

If you notice at workplaces, people go out to smoke. Before they go for smoking, something triggered them, it could be a thought, some stress or a particular event (e.g. lunch time). This is the before “trigger”.

The second aspect of a habit is the after “benefit”. Each habit brings a result or benefit after doing it. A smoker would experience a (fake) increase in energy levels after smoking.

Changing your habit is not about the habit itself. It’s about making conscious use of before “triggers” and the after “benefit”.

Equipped with this understanding, here are the 5 simple steps you can follow to form a new habit:

  1. Identify the habit you want to create. For example – waking up early, writing, reading book, exercising, meditating. Choose an easy one to begin with.
  2. Find the necessary motivation. Think about the benefits or results you will get of out this new habit and write it down on a piece of paper. The reason should be strong enough to get your butt off the chair.
  3. Identify the before “trigger”. Study your daily schedule and write down potential trigger points you can use to insert the new habit. Choose a before “trigger” based on your intuitive judgement.
  4. Take action. Now that you are clear about your before trigger, take action (associated with the new habit) right after it happens.
  5. Keep doing it. Don’t give up, if you fail for a few times. Keep trying and your mental energy will gradually align to your repeated efforts.

Here is a real life example of how I used this method to form my reading habit.

I was struggling to finish reading books.

I could identify the after “benefit” of reading book as “being able to add value to my blog readers and training course participants by bringing fresh knowledge”. This motivation was strong enough for me to get started with habit of reading books.

Next, I needed to find a “before” trigger which I can use to insert my new habit. I realized that during afternoon, after lunch, I had formed a default habit of watching TV for a few minutes. The default trigger of “TV after lunch” could be replaced by “Book after lunch”.

Now, as soon as lunch is over, I have my book lying on the table, ready to be picked up. In a few days, reading book after lunch became my default behavior, I no longer needed any conscious effort to do it.

Using this technique, I successfully replaced many old habit with the new one, such as:

  • Wake up early
  • Going for Exercise
  • Meditating regularly
  • Reading books
  • Weekly reviews

The key to a habit change is to focus on the process, not the result.

Small actions compounded (over time) reveal massive results (positive or negative)!

What small action you are going to take ?

The Five Most Effective Procrastination Advices on the Internet

Searching for procrastination on Google returned an incredible amount of advice. Here is a summary of some of the best procrastination advice from leading bloggers and authors.

#1 Procrastination Advice From Leo Babuta

In this inspiring article, he admits being a life long procrastinator and shares how ‘letting it go’ worked for him. Here is a summary of his advice:

  1. Pay attention to pain caused by procrastination instead of temporary comfort/pleasure it gives
  2. Think about the person you want to be and life you want to live. Set your purpose.
  3. It’s okay not to feel comfortable when confronting a change (such as leaving your temporary pleasure aside). Best things happen when you are at discomfort

Most of his advice works for me but it can vary from person to person. If you are a die-hard chronic procrastinator, his advice may not work. Nevertheless, I love his formula for it’s directness and simplicity.

#2 Procrastination Advice from Scott Young

Scott Young’s guest post on zen habits sets a very practical advice on procrastination. He suggests a three step solution to beat procrastination:

  1. Write a weekly goal lists right before the week ends
  2. Write a daily goal list for the next day every night
  3. During your workday, focus on completing the daily goal list only

The catch about this approach is that you need to be extremely disciplined and focused towards setting daily and weekly goal list. Such discipline can be created with the power of habits. I definitely vouch for this idea, it’s worth giving a try.

#3 Dr. Piers Steel – Leading expert in dealing with procrastination

In his satirical article, Dr. Piers Steel talks about how to become a procrastinator. Here is the summary of his advice and insight:

  • Don’t be excessively pessimistic or optimistic
  • Keep away from distractions
  • Develop clarity by making routines and checklists
  • Willpower will not beat procrastination, don’t try to use it
  • Do not repress or block something from your thoughts. By doing so, you ensure that you think about it again and again
  • Have clearly defined goals and tell everyone about it
procrastination equation

procrastination equation

For chronic procrastinators, I recommend reading his book The Procrastination Equation. If you are procrastinating to read his book, Lifehacker has a very nice poster summarizing underlying the principles mentioned in the book.

#4 Time Ferris on Procrastination 

Tim Ferris talks about some remarkable ideas on procrastination in this video at Reddit. Tim cites three main reasons for procrastination:

  1. Not motivated enough – If you set your goal too low, you won’t be motivated enough to pump up your spirit and do your best. He recommends reading the book – The Magic of Thinking Big.
  2. Not managing time well – Using the available time effectively can be the most important art you can learn. He recommends reading the book – The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker to master the art of using time.
  3. Anxiety – Anxiety is caused by fear of failure and setting your goals too big. To get rid of anxiety, he recommends reading the book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie.

#5 Advice from Oliver Emberton

Oliver Emberton wrote an interesting answer on Quora on procrastination. Here is a summary of his advice:

  1. Build a routine of positive and negative reinforcement
  2. Incite Emotions, our reptile brain responds to emotions
  3. Force Start, biggest resistance is to get started
  4. Conductive Environment. Good environment around your place of work has positive impact

Visit Forbes.com to read the full article.

Understanding your own pattern of procrastination is the key towards getting rid of it. These advices can help you look at procrastination pattern from various angles, but you still need to do the job of identifying them.

Get started with identifying your patterns. Take pen and paper and throw your procrastination out of the window!

7 Productivity Insights and Lessons from my GTD Implementation

GTD feedback and review

GTD review

For those of you who are new to this, GTD stands for Getting Things Done, a revolutionary personal productivity system by David Allen.

1. Here is how my GTD journey started

I implemented GTD using Evernote. I was new to both GTD and Evernote. Initially, I found a bit awkward to keep storing things in Evernote (Probably because I was so much disorganized). However, as I started using it, it became my second nature.

Now that my habit is created, the moment I saw something interesting or worth considering,  I clip it using Evernote shortcut and tag it. I don’t have to divert myself from my current task.

I forward important emails to Evernote, getting to Inbox zero everyday. I also started shifting my paper notes to Evernote (usually daily) and tear off the filled pages, always to see clean and empty pages everyday morning. It was such a relief to be in Zero state, so often!

2. Too much organizing can be Okay

Sometimes, it’s too much of work sorting through so many notes, tossing them in respective folders and removing unnecessary items. It does takes its own time.

But the good part is, once I am done, it feels a lot better. I almost experience that my mind is empty and I can go back to “doing” rather than constantly pondering unnecessarily over things!

The most visible benefit was the amount of new ideas that started flowing in. I have started getting tones of new ideas. Each day, I fill up one to two pages worth of ideas transferred into my Evernote.

Quite surprisingly, even after so much work during a day, I tend to remain in a state of relaxed control. I have also increased my self-awareness and use pen & paper often.

There is a greater sense of peace and relaxed control because I am aware of my world and where I am placed in the grand scheme of things.

3. It does takes some Motivation and Discipline

I realized that even after knowing the system very well and learning how to use it with Evernote, putting it to daily practice wasn’t that easy. I kept forgetting to review my “Next Action” and “Projects” list.

I often went back to doing things based on my default state, without giving any thought to time, energy and priority.

Gradually with some mindfulness, I become more aware of these default behaviors and started replacing them with habit of reviewing as often as I need to. The MIT’s (most important tasks for the day) came to rescue as a good productivity hack.

4. Piled up with Unprocessed “Stuff”

Once in a while, I kept missing reviewing all my notes and processing them. On certain occasions, my collection became so big that it took me almost half day to bring everything in order.

However, once I did it (reaching clear, current and complete state), I started seeing immediate benefits in my productivity. At times, I could literally finish up the same task in “half” the time than I used to because my  mind was clear and focused.

Key lesson learned – “work hard on making things easier so that, you have to do less hard work”

5. Lost in Tags

Just like any new Evernote user, I was quite impressed with it’s tagging feature. I went into the frenzy of creating a large number of tags. Later on, I realized that the overwhelming number of tags were hard to maintain and use.

Subsequently, I started merging tags and reducing the tag list to just about 25. I still need to reduce some more but I think this is manageable for now.

6. Too May Notes to “Read/Review”

This is a potential black hole which I fell into while using GTD. I started creating too many notes. Since I knew that I can toss anything at Evernote, I started feeding a lot of stuff to it. (Evernote can eat anything from pdf, video, and images to calendar and to-do list)

I used to have over 30 to 40 items to “Read/Review” at any point of time. I knew there was no way I am going to read review all of that because it was increasing everyday. I was doing something wrong!

What did I do wrong?

I realized that I had started overusing the e-mail capture feature of Evernote. I was sending every e-mail “worth reading” to Evernote. A majority of such e-mails were blogs subscriptions.

How I fixed it?

The first thing I did was to just cancel 80% of blog subscriptions which I can afford to “read later” and added them to my Feedly subscription list.

This served multiple benefits. First, my e-mail inbox processing time reduced. Second, the amount of “stuff” collected in my Evernote got smaller. At the same time, I can always go to Feedly and read my favorite blogs anytime.

7. Lessons Learnt

  1. Don’t overuse Evernote. Be  mindful about your “Collection” process. Sometimes, in the frenzy of collecting everything, you end up collecting a lot of “information” which may not be immediately useful
  2. Do not bring too may items to “Read/Review” in your Evernote Inbox
  3. Don’t create too many notebooks or too many tags. Keep things simple
  4. Use your physical notebook as your key arsenal
  5. Review as often as your intuition tells you. A good access is to ask yourself “Am I relaxed and focused?”
  6. Don’t focus on system so much. Focus on clearing your mind like “water”

GTD is not a sliver bullet

After fully getting used to GTD, I still think that it is not a sliver bullet. It is just a part of a whole new way of thinking and working productively. My radical personal productivity improvement was a combination of several other practices along with GTD.

GTD is just one piece of the puzzle. In my exploration, I found many more practices which can drastically improve productivity at all levels – mental, spiritual, emotional and physical.

This exploration has resulted in the form of a course and an e-book I am currently writing. Click here to learn about my course on personal productivity.

My upcoming e-book on personal productivity will show you how to live a productive and balanced life, step by step – one day at a time.

Note: I am looking for  “Contributors” for my upcoming e-book. If you are interested in becoming a contributor, click here to learn more and register. The number of people I am going to have contribute is limited, I suggest you to register right away.

Einstein’s Energy Equation and the Art of Consuming Low Information Diet

einstein's energy formula to productivity

einstein’s energy formula to productivity

I recently started realizing that out of the infinitely long list of things that are pending to read – there is no way I can read so much, even if I had all the time in this world. I started experiencing a sense of unrest and uneasiness. I started looking of a way out until I bumped across the famous Einstein’s energy equation.

The essence of this formula is – “energy is never lost, it’s always exchanged”. Applying this to the idea of consuming low information diet – the information (input) we take should have a proportionate output in some form – it could be actual implementation of idea in life, a real improvements, sharing with others or creation of new knowledge.

If there is an imbalance between input and output – we are certainly going to experience uneasiness – because energy is never lost, it’s always exchanged.

Here are some simple conclusions I came up with after applying Einstein’s’ energy formula to knowledge work:

  • Read only so much which you can absorb
  • Read only to the extent to which you can utilize the knowledge somewhere (implement)
  • Your Input (reading) should be directly proportional to your producing (getting output or result of that reading)

What’s the way out?

The way I figured out is “Learning to Ignore”. Just the way it’s important to say ‘No’ to your commitments (something I learned after implementing GTD), I realized that learning to “Ignore” seemingly useful information is also equally important.

Here is how you can begin to Ignore information:

  1. Define your purpose – The kind of knowledge you want to get depends on how you want to live your life and type of things you want to do. For example, if your short term goal is weight loss, you can subscribe to weight loss related content. But if your short-term goal is starting a business, then you can unsubscribe to content related weight loss until you are ready to start again.
  2. Narrow down your focus – Keeping a broad spectrum of things in your role or responsibility or having too many goals will make you run after all related information. Narrowed focus will allow you to be master in your field and bring a sense of ease.
  3. Direct your curiosity towards discovering from within – Be curious about what comes from within. Try to introspect, synthesize and structure your ideas. You will be amazed at the kind of knowledge that lies within you. It’s just a matter of discovering and taking it out.

These ideas are certainly not a silver bullet but they have worked for me. I am still learning from the experiences.

What are your productivity hacks to consume a low information diet?

What it Takes to Live a Good Life: Leo Babuta Shares his Failures, Struggle and Success

I got an opportunity to watch this inspiring conversation between Leo Babuta and Jonathan Fields on what it takes to live a good life. Ideas shared in this conversation sink deeply, simply because of the authenticity and honesty with which Leo talks about his failures, struggle and staying grounded after success.

Here are some key take aways from this conversation:

  1. If doing something scares you, just think – “No matter what happens, I will be fine” – it is this Confidence and Self belief that will help you overcome challenges
  2. There is nothing more important than – genuinely helping others. Everyday, ask yourself this question – “Have I helped someone?”
  3. Measure your growth not by how may clicks or twitter followers but by how many people you have helped and how many people can put trust upon you.
  4. Be real, be honest and be trustworthy. People have a sense if someone is faking it out.
  5. Share your success and failures with others because it might help them and you have nothing to loose.
  6. Stay grounded and modest. No matter how much you know, there will always be another door opening a new world of knowledge. Don’t get overwhelmed by how much you don’t know. At the same time, don’t get boastful if people admire you for something that you know.
  7. Replace “Opinions” with “Curiosity” (This is my favorite!). The moment you have an opinion, you stop learning. Instead, if you have curiosity, you can move with the flow of what’s there and possibly learn from it.
  8. Build genuine human connections

That’s all I can remember. Do watch the entire video. I am sure you will discover something more.

Here is the full video:

Request: Bookmark this video and watch it later if you don’t have time right now

 

7 Habits of Highly Productive People

7 habits of becoming remarkable

7 habits of highly productive and remarkable people

All men’s natures are alike – It’s their habit that carry them far apart – Confucius

That statement from Confucius says a lot about the power of habits. Good habit is the language of creation and achievement.

What are the key habits of success? What are the habits that separate remarkable people from the rest of us? 

In my study and observation over these year, I have found following habits that really stand apart:

Habit #1 : Solitude & Silence

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
― Aldous Huxley

Practicing solitude and silence allows you to get connected with your ‘self’ and reflect upon life. It allows you to be in company with the person who wants to be with you the most – “yourself”.  It is the fertile ground of great accomplishments and a fundamental habit to live an extraordinary life.

Habit #2: Mental Clarity

Mystification is simple; clarity is the hardest thing of all.
― Julian Barnes

Developing clarity is like weeding your mind of unnecessary and irrelevant to what really matters. All remarkable people have the habit of developing mental clarity by writing thoughts, ideas and experiences and reflecting upon them.

Habit #3: Deep Focus

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell

Great ideas and inspirations are a result of deep focus. Once you start practicing the habit of deep focus, you will remain unfazed by any internal and external distractions. It’s the habit that has produced great inventions, original writings and innovation in every field.

Habit #4: Well-defined Goals

A goal is a dream with a deadline.
Napoleon Hill

A majority of remarkable people I have seen are clear about what they want to do with their life in next one year, two years or five years. All their personal and professional goals are well thought and they keep refining them as things morph.

Habit #5: Consistent Actions

Small actions compounded (over time) reveal massive results – Martin Grunburg

To reemphasize the power of habits – successful people take consistent Actions aligned to their Goals. Consistent actions have exponential effect and help achieve goals quickly and easily, while inconsistent actions can quickly turn into a set of wasted efforts.

Habit #6: Early Risers

I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning. – Jonathan Swift

Rising early when the world is sleeping and working your way through the freshness and silence of early morning is an unbeatable experience – something never to be missed. I owe to my early morning blogging to Darren Rowse after watching his inspiring video!

Habit #7: Balanced Diet

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. – La Rochefoucauld

What you eat is what you become, says Deepak Chopra, the renowned spiritual guru and modern expert of eastern medicine. Mindful eating habits can impact your mind, body and spirit in profound ways. Eat fresh, eat healthy and let go your urges. The fruits of mindful eating are rewarding and fulfilling.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list and neither do they apply to everyone. There could be many more but the idea is universal – “great habits create a great life”.

A good way to start is to pick up one habit from the above and try practicing it daily at a fixed time.

Perhaps my favorite one is the one I practice based on inspiration from Darren Rowse – “The habit of writing early morning”.

Try doing it even for a week, reward yourself for doing it and the results will be magical!

What has been your experience with practicing a good habit?

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10 E-mail Best Practices for the Workplace Ninja

E-mail productivity

how to improve e-mail productivity

From highly effective communication tool to a time consuming chore, the E-mail inbox has travelled a long way. As the E-mail program became more and more sophisticated, we stared using it in innovative ways  – until it went out of control. Most of us realize that if not kept in control e-mail can quickly turn into an overhead and a serial time killer.

The Radicati Group estimates that employees send, on average, 37 work-related emails a day and receive 78. Even if you spend only a minute per email, that’s still nearly two hours of your day spent on correspondence. Multiply this by number of days you work in a year and you are spending nearly 20 days with your e-mail (pessimistically assuming checking e-mail 20 days a month).

Quite astonishing! You could probably take another vacation with that kind of time.

Saving time from your e-mail can be a big productivity booster. Here are 10 best practices I have compiled together to give you a head start:

1. Unsubscribe from all marketing and promotional e-mails unless absolutely necessary. Reading even one useless e-mail is a waste of mental energy. If some e-mails don’t stop coming in, mark them Spam and the e-mail service will promptly land them in your Spam folder.

2. For blog posts you can subscribe to RSS feed in services such as Feedly. You can read your favorite blog articles while on the go by downloading the Feedly iPhone/iPad/Android app. It’s an awesome reading experience!

3. Don’t store any useful information such as project reference material, e-tickets, receipts, invoices or word documents in your e-mail. Unknowingly I starting storing a lot of reference material in my e-mail inbox. Later on to my dismay, I realized that I invited total disorganization because half of my reference material was still outside e-mails. Then I took all the reference material out of  e-mail in Dropbox and Evernote. How good I felt!

4. Process your e-mail inbox to zero. Your e-mail inbox is meant for processing, not for long time reading. Bring it to an empty state by processing each email with velocity. Here is how to do it:

  1. Do not spend more than 2 minutes per e-mail. Make quick decision (reply, store locally to review later, move to trash or archive)
  2. If you have to reply to an email, write it, hit the send button and quickly move on to the next e-mail.
  3. If you have to read a longer e-mail, forward it to your local system or tools such as Evernote and make an action item to read/respond to it later.
  4. If you find an e-mail thread particularly useful, archive it. You can use the search function to retrieve the archived e-mails later.
  5. Delete the rest. Don’t worry they are still in trash if you deleted some by mistake.

5. Send e-mails to others the way you want to receive. As much as possible, try to send short e-mail messages and encourage people to do so. I have been subjected to the e-mail horror myself with one conversations happening right inside an e-mail thread, going as long as 4o conversations. That’s terrible use of e-mail. If longer discussion or strategic thinking is needed, have a voice call or a chat conversation instead. If more detailed information needs to be conveyed such a proposal or estimates, use e-mail attachments.

6. Don’t create extensive labels and folders in your e-mail program (remove all of them if you can). The more colored labels and folders you try to organize in your e-mail, the more time you are going to need to maintain and clean them up, which is less likely (I tried and gave it up). Don’t get sophisticated with your e-mail. Keep it simple.

7. Do not use your e-mail to store project reminders or to-do lists. I have seen many people using their e-mails to remind them about something or store action items. E-mail is a communication tool, period. Do not use it to manage your task and reminders.

8. Check your e-mail once or twice a day. Many of us have this crazy habit of checking e-mail every now and then. Don’t be an e-mail maniac. Notice your ‘urge’ to check e-mail every-time it hits you and just let it go. Take a deep breath.

9. Don’t respond to every e-mail as soon as it arrives. Your e-mail is not a 24×7 support ticketing system. Use it with sanity. Not responding to every e-mail as soon as you receive will encouraged people to send only the most useful e-mails (without the timer associated with it).  For urgent issues or quick questions, a short phone call or text message is sufficient.

10. Allocate a fixed time to your e-mail inbox. Imagine you are speed dating with your e-mail. Putting a time constraint to check your inbox allows you to focus on the most important e-mails quickly and not spending time on unimportant stuff.

A good way to encourage yourself begin incorporating these e-mail habits is to visualize the kind of things you will do  with the time saved from e-mail processing. Even if you cut down your e-mail time to half, you could do a bunch of things – a new hobby, spending more time with your family, taking an evening walk or reading a book.

What do you want to do with your new found time?

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5 productivity habits that will save you a lifetime of stress and anxiety

5 Productivity habits

5 productivity habits to elevate your performance

Making things happen, innovating, working less, having all the time to do things you really want to do – all this is not really difficult to have. What’s difficult is to mould our own behaviors and work patterns to have those great things in life.

Here are 5 simple behaviors that can make a lasting difference in your productivity and  quality of life:

  1. Write, make a to-do list: Always keep a journal where you can write down ideas, set-backs(yes!), accomplishments, to-do list, goals and even unspoken feelings. More writing = more clarity.
  2. Overcome Internal resistance: Is there something important you are putting off for a long time? You want to file your taxes, start a hobby or initiate a new business. Make it happen. When you start something that you resisted for a long time, a tonne of energy gets released.
  3. Create a great work environment: Good space will inspire you to do great work. There are times when your energy level is low. You can use this time as an opportunity to clean-up and create your workspace.
  4. Take actions with Conscious Awareness: Before doing a task, ask yourself – Is there anything better I can do right now? What’s the single most important thing I need to take care that will free up my energy? Can someone else do the task I am going to do? Once you bring priorities and options to your conscious awareness and think about the work before working on it, you will pick the right things to do.
  5. Make ‘No’ your default answer to a new commitment:  A majority of us are in default ‘yes’ mode when it comes to making commitments to ourselves and others. Your friend invites you to a party, and default answer is ‘yes’. Your colleague invites you to a business event, default answer comes up – almost automatically. The moment your first internal conversation to a new external or internal commitment is ‘No’, you will think more responsibly before saying ‘Yes’ to it. And  when you say ‘Yes’, it will be real with less broken promises and more fulfilled commitments.

The list above can be longer but Instead of “knowing” 10 good things, it makes sense to DO just one great thing right away.

What did you pick?

Productivity is All About Focus & Flow

Developing natural focus and creativity

Deeply immersing into something brings up natural focus

Just a while ago, I was watching my 6 years old kid deeply immersed into scribbling pictures in a small diary (see the picture). He was scribbling page after page drawing interesting shapes and figures. When I asked him what it was, he described each shape in vivid detail. It was a sheer joy watching him so deeply involved.

There is something to learn from this experience.

Each one of us has something which we can deeply immerse ourselves in.

What is it that you love the most? What can have you immerse yourself hours into something without realizing the time fly by?

During my childhood days, summer vacations were the most exciting times when the time used to fly by. We would spend entire days creating gizmos often getting lost in our own ‘scientific world’ – make trolleys and robots. On certain occasions, we would start with sunrise, go up on our apartment roof and begin. Before we could finish our ‘invention’, the sun would start setting in – to our realization that we skipped the lunch!

Do you remember any such occasion when you were totally lost in doing that one thing? I am sure each one of has such experiences.

That’s productivity in all it’s splendor!

When we see the originality of 37Signals, quality of Apple products, or the writings of Seth Godin, deep focus and flow is in action. There are numerous such examples but the core principle remains the same – Focus & Flow.

How do you get into your Focus and Flow? Is it a new hobby or a passion you have been suppressing for a long time or is it something that you need to give up or complete?

The easiest way to get your Focus and Flow back is to find something adventurous, fun and interesting!

What has been your experience with Focus and Flow?

7 Valuable Productivity Lessons from Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the best selling author of 18 magnificent books on marketing and change. He is regarded as the modern marketing guru. As an avid fan of his blog and having read his timeless classics such as LinchpinThe DipThe Icarus Deception and Poke the Box, I know for sure that his writing is “phenomenal” – nothing short of a genius.

Valuable productivity lessons from Seth Godin

Seth Godin productivity lessons

In an interview with Michael Sliwinski at Productivity Magazine, Seth uncovers some of his productivity secrets.

Here are the 7 lessons on personal productivity learnt from this interview:

  1. Don’t’ spend time attending meetings (unless absolutely necessary)
  2. Keep yourself away from things which are stalling – social networks, television (list is endless)
  3. Focus on things you do very well and do them with leverage and passion
  4. Do things where you feel uncomfortable and scary, don’t let the resistance slow you down
  5. You have a built-in-thing, ‘a talent’, the world is afraid of – show it
  6. Pick yourself, don’t wait for someone or some else’s permission to get started
  7. Don’t keep a schedule, modeling your day based on someone’s is a huge mistake

To read the entire interview, visit the Productivity Magazine Interview page here.

I think those are some of the most fascinating lessons learnt on productivity – I hope you find them equally valuable.

Now that you know how his genius comes into play, how do you want to uncover yours?

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