Productivity Power

By JD Meier | Insights and actions for personal productivity. Productivity habits and practices, as well as productivity principles and patterns.

The Power of Habit Stacking

<i>“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”</i> — Jim RyunGreat changes come in small actions.But how can you add a series of …

Self-help

Create If-Then Plans to Stick With Your Goals

<i>“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”</i> — AnonymousSetting goals is easy. Sticking with goals is …

Self-improvement

How To Create an Empowering Vision Board

<i>“The best vision is insight.”</i> — Malcolm ForbesIf you want the world to conspire with you, you need to create clarity on what you want.A Vision Board …

Motivation

101 of the Greatest Insights and Actions for Work and Life

<i>"To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone."</i> — Reba McEntire<p>This is a 101 list of some of the best insights …

The Power of Tiny Habits

<i>“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”</i> — Samuel JohnsonIf you’ve ever struggled with creating a new …

Self-help

Innovate in Your Approach

<i>“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.”</i> — Peter F. …

Productivity Objectives: Effectiveness Wins in the Long Run

<i>“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”</i> — Paul J. …

Rituals for Results

Routines help build efficiency and effectiveness.<p>Consistent action over time is the key to real results.<p>If you add continuous improvement or Kaizen …

Time Management

The Zen of Results

How do you do less, but accomplish more?<p>You focus on meaningful outcomes.<p>When you’re working on what matters, you feel good about the time you …

Start with Something Simple

What’s the best way to build momentum and get results?<p>Start with something simple.<p>Seriously. I get to see folks who get results and those who …

How To Do Tasks More Efficiently

<i>“Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man; he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.”</i> — Walter Chrysler<p>Here’s my …

3 Outcomes for Today

What are 3 great results for today?<p>That’s the question I ask to bootstrap my day.<p>As simple as it sounds, I find it’s the most effective way to cut …

30 Day Sprints

I’ve been using 30 day improvement sprints as a way to sharpen my skills.<p>I originally started 30 Day Improvement Sprints a couple years back loosely …

Goal-People vs. River-People: Are You Future-Oriented or In-the-Moment?

Are you a goal person or a river person?<p>Goal people layout a roadmap of goals and set out to achieve them.<p>River people, on the other hand, go with …

3 Keys to Effective Time Management

<i>“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” —</i> William Penn<p>I often here the argument, “If I had more time for this or that, I could …”<p>Well, …

Timeboxes

It’s been a few years since I met with Loren Kohnfelder.<p>Every now and then Loren and I play catch up.<p>Loren is former Microsoft. If you don’t know …

How To Use Timeboxing for Getting Results

<i>“How did it get so late so soon?”</i> ? Dr. Seuss<p>Time-boxing is a way to chunk up time and get results.<p>If you continuously miss windows of opportunity or …

Manage Energy, Not Time

Manage energy, not time, to get more things done.<p>This concept really resonates with me.<p>I also like it because it can be counter intuitive or …

How To Avoid Mental Burnout

Have you ever wondered why some things you can do on “auto-pilot” or without thinking, while other tasks are mentally draining?<p>Your thoughtful tasks …

Quick and Dirty Getting Things Done

If you’re backlogged and you want to get out, here’s a quick, low tech, brute force approach.<p>I’ve used it on my teams many times to help people get …

The Procrastinators, The Disengaged, The Distractors, and The Purposeful

<i>“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”</i> — Mark Twain<p>Building momentum takes a mix of the right kind of energy …

The Rule of 3

The Rule of 3 is a very simple way to get results.<p>Rather than get overwhelmed by your tasks, you choose 3 things you want to achieve.<p>This puts you in …

Forcing Functions—How to Make Action Happen

<i>“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and</i> …

Sweep It: How To Clean Up the Mess that Adds Up Over Time

<i>“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”</i> — Marie Kondo<p>What do you do when a mess gets out of control? You Sweep …

How To Analyze a Problem Space

Learning a new problem space can be a challenge. Especially when there’s no map.<p>While writing books for the past several years, I’ve learned a more …

How to Pave a Path Forward

Paving a path forward is a skill. The more you do it, the better you get. If there’s one place where your ability to pave a path forward gets tested, …

Time is the Limiting Factor

<i><br>“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” —</i>Rodin<p>Time is all you’ve got. Spend it wisely. It’s a limited resource.<p>It’s also a …

Adapt, Adjust or Avoid Situations

<i>“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”</i> — Stephen Hawking<p>When you find yourself in a situation that isn’t working for you, analyze it.<p>You …

4 Time-Wasters of Ineffective Organizations

<i>“The bottom line is, when people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with and prioritized</i> …