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Instigator Ben Yoskovitz has started a really great meme to pass around, called the Ultimate Guide to Productivity. I find it hard to participate in ALL of the memes that I get tagged with, but this one is so valuable - and Ben’s roundup of participant posts should be a must-read. I was tagged by new-ish friend Andrew Wee - Thanks Andrew!
My Number #1 productivity tip is the foundation of the eMoms Monday Motivation meme - LEVERAGE: a reverse reward system.. Since we always will do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, I have found that leverage is the one thing that will absolutely guarantee that I will meet my own deadlines (in fact, I have found no other approach that works when I’m under the gun).
It is a simple concept - if you don’t get your stuff done, you have to pay the consequences. The bigger the commitment, the bigger the leverage.
Last year I needed to get a huge project off of the ground. I made a commitment to my mastermind group that if I didn’t have it done by the end of the week, I would grow out my normally well-hidden moustache for TWO WEEKS! Do you think there was ANY doubt that my stuff got done?! I even pulled an all-nighter at the end to save myself from such a horrible fate!
A few other tips that have worked really well:
- Form a Mastermind Group - I am part of two of them focused on blogging and online business. The power of a group is always bigger than the power of one.
- Create a system that works for your learning style - If you’re visual, keep tasks in a place that you can see them (either on your desk or on a start page as Glen suggests). If you are auditory, create sound cues as reminders or play music to keep you focused.
- Know Thyself - There’s a reason that most successful people are motivated and productive - they usually are the ones who have invested in their personal development by reading self help books or going to motivational seminars. The stuff works.