It’s the Diwali Holiday’s and I was completely relaxed, taking a nap this afternoon. There was nothing specific in my mind, yet I was partly awake and partly sleeping. And suddenly, the thought of “three laws of personal productivity” popped up – out of nowhere. The idea became crystal clear in a few moments and I could not stop myself writing this blog.
Why Three Laws of Personal Productivity?
Behind any phenomenon in the universe, there are underlying principles. For instance, we sitting on the chair right now or taking a walk down the street – is possible due to the Law of Gravity. Similarly, behind peak personal productivity and performance, there are some underlying principles. With only 1/6th of Earth’s gravity, we can’t walk on the moon, in a similar way, it is not possible to reach peak productivity levels without practicing these fundamental laws of productivity.
Here are the three laws of personal productivity:
- Putting Things Off From Head
- Developing Clarity
- Staying Relaxed and Focused
Let’s look into each of these laws and try to get a grip on them:
1. Putting Things Off From your Head
Writing all Stuff down into an external system you trust – be it an idea, a to-do item, a project or something to refer later on, is absolutely fundamental to personal productivity. Your mind is a focusing tool and it can be better used for creative purposes instead of storing an infinitely long list of things going on in your life. The key to store everything in a referencing system is – 1) It should be one single system – either a diary or a computer program or anything you will use often 2) You should review it regularly.
2. Developing Clarity
Most often, our biggest worries and stress comes from lack of clarity. “I missed my flight today, then what do I do next?” Until I have determined what exactly I am going to do about the situation next, that missed flight is not going to get off from my head. This is an extreme example but in our day-today lives, we have numerous small and big things we want to ‘have’ but we have not yet determined what exactly are we going to “Do” about them.
What’s the next precise physical action you are going to do to make progress or close on an open item. This boils down to developing clarity. Until clear next action is defined and written down, your mind is not going to stop bothering about it – taking away your valuable attention unnecessarily. Once you are clear about the next action on something and put that as a reminder, your mind stops thinking about it. You immediately feel relaxed and focused, free to live the moment.
3. Staying Relaxed and Focused
No worthwhile work is possible without a relaxed and focused mind. If we look around, there is more mediocre work than remarkable creation happening in our world. Is it because people are lesser talented? No, the fundamental reason why this is happening is because a majority of us constantly remain under stress and the infinite store of creativity within remains untapped and unused. Working even at a mild level of stress can deprive you of taking right decisions, let alone the the creative genius sitting inside you.
Staying relaxed and focused let’s you respond to situations appropriately, neither under-react, nor over-react. It let’s you produce real results with lesser efforts.
Now that you know the 3 laws of personal productivity – are you ready to start putting them into practice?
Try practicing them and see the remarkable difference it makes in your life…
If you are already practicing them, do share your experience!