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Free Producttivity App: Textkraft Pocket for iOS

25 Sep

Being productive is the Cornerstone of achieving your goals along with being organized. So get this free app and get busy!

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This Month’s Reading

24 Jan

One of my 2016 goals is to read at least 2 books a month.
And I’m halfway done with The Silver Bomb and Secret Entourage.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been in my hands for a few months but I’ve had a stack of borrowed books and a lot of work.

I will hit my goals for 2016.
And that is why I’ve put this goal out here in blog space for all of you to hold me accountable.

Read Brolic!

Infographic- Get it Done: 35 Habits of the Most Productive People (Infographic) via Entrepreneur.com

21 Dec

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No one goes to the Olympics for silver.

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7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity Steve Tobak

6 Aug

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Feeling overworked, overwhelmed and overloaded? You have way more control over your time and productivity than you realize.

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We’re always complaining about how little time we have and how overwhelmed we are. We whine about all the interruptions and communication overload. We spend all sorts of time reading books and searching for ways to improve our time management and personal productivity. It’s ironic, I know.

Well, get this. Most of your productivity drain is your own doing. You give in to social media distraction because you crave a quick fix for attention. You spend too much time in your inbox because it makes you feel important. You waste ridiculous amounts of time doing things that don’t really matter because you choose to do them.

You know what you need to do: Work. Provide for yourself and your loved ones. And you know what matters in life: Having fun. Spending time with family and friends. So do all that. Don’t do the other stuff, or at least separate them so you’re aware that you’ve chosen to waste your time.

Here are seven ideas to help you get started:

1. Don’t tweet during the day. I don’t know about you, but for me, alcohol is off limits until after 5. Why? Because it destroys your productivity. Well, guess what? So does social media. Do your tweeting, blogging, posting, status updating, whatever, after work, like while you’re watching the tube.

2. Quit organizing. You know all those different methods for organizing stuff like your emails and files? I’ve never done any of that. Okay, maybe I do a little, but the absolute minimal amount. I have the biggest email inbox you’ve ever seen. It goes back years. So what? You need to find something? Use search. PC isn’t good enough? Get a Mac.

3. Use hard stops. I had a lunch meeting the other day. At the start, my associate announced that he had a hard stop at 2pm. That drove the meeting. And guess what? We were done at 2. It’s called a deadline. Deadlines force discipline. That’s why deadlines work. Use them.

4. Don’t do more; do less. It’s called prioritization. You know, what we all used to do before self help, time management, and personal productivity became big business. Decades ago I learned to classify To Dos as priority A (time critical), B (important), or C (everything else). When your As are done, take on the Bs. After a few years you learn that you never get to the Cs. And you know what? It never matters.

5. Learn to say no and never say maybe. I like getting attention. I like helping people. It’s always been a big motivator for me. When I realized that saying no was a bigger disappointment for me than it was for whoever was asking me to do something, it got easier to say. Don’t know what to say no to? If it’s not a goal, a priority, important, or fun, say no. And never say maybe. That’s just being controlling and self-important.

6. Mute your devices. When you’re supposed to be working and getting things done, close your email application or mute your PC or Mac so you don’t hear the chime. Ignore that tug to respond right away to every request. If you really want to do it right, set aside a small chunk of time the same time every day to email. Also, never answer a call unless you’re expecting it or have time for it. Even if it’s your boss.

7. Work at home. Most executives spend their days in meetings. Carving out significant chunks of time to get any real work done is a challenge. So I got in the habit of doing presentation and budget work at home. A lot of my strategizing and thinking, too. If you’ve got young kids running around, though, that can make it tough.

Here’s the thing. What used to be our priorities, the things that made our careers successful and fulfilling, our lives meaningful and happy, have somehow become optional.

The long term benefits that come from working, playing, thinking, feeling, exercising, eating right, and sleeping, now take a backseat to the instant gratification of distraction, addiction, self-importance, attention seeking, and minutiae.

To fit all that in, our lives have become overloaded and overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be that way. You set the priorities. You make the choices. You have way more control than you realize.

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Last updated: Jul 19, 2013

STEVE TOBAK is a management consultant, an executive coach, and a former senior executive of the technology industry. He’s managing partner of Invisor Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based strategy consulting firm. Contact Tobak; follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
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4 TIPS FOR GREAT DAILY PRODUCTIVITY

20 Nov

4 TIPS FOR GREAT DAILY PRODUCTIVITY
WORK STINKS. Punch in, drudgery, drudgery, drudgery-punch out. While that might not be your daily grind many people are stuck in this exact rut.
Password Productivity-
Passwords are needed on everything except the kitchen sink. Sadly people will load viruses, steal credit cards and identities or even crash servers for entertainment. So while we could lament the loss of altruistic behavior I instead see a golden opportunity. Why not use your password as a reminder of a goal or objective. Set a deadline, or timeframe. Example: I promised myself 15 grand pure profits by 2015. So why not make the password 15Grand2015. In this fashion your password is continuously bombarding your conscious and subconscious with a goal. You aren’t agonizing over it. You aren’t redirecting or even misdirecting focus

itunes ready and waiting-
itunes is a great tool. It has your music ready, cataloged and grouped per your liking. I don’t know about the rest of you but music is an expansive tool for me. In the office it sets a smooth groove for me to work in akin to a needle running along the old 45 records- Rich quality, continuity, and completion. When I hit the gym, I have a list ready just for it. These are the tracks that get me the most excited. itunes becomes my hype-man. Lil’ trick folks, use that ‘hype’ playlist only when you need to get hyped up. The songs lose some efficacy when you hear them over and over again. Music can elevate or lower moods as well so use it tactfully and you will find you are quicker, and more flexible at all your tasks.

-Variety makes it all better-
Variety my friends is the seasoning of life. It makes it all better. This is why I enjoy multitasking so much. I take variety and busy schedules and turn them on their ear so they work for me. There is nothing greater than enjoying the differences. I won’t belabor this point.
Suffice it to say enjoy all 31 flavors folks.

-Life Goes On All the Day Long-
No matter what happens in life- the clock keeps ticking. To lose time is ridiculous. Forward motivation is your only concern. In my blog as I am building it, I struggle too. I’ve had days where I can’t post or have missed deadlines. And yes I own up to it. It is totally a TONY issue. Now from this point I can sulk and lose time or reflect and move on. I choose to try and reorganize my time, the flow of my day so to say. I make it a habit to have multiple drafts ready and to try to post 12 hours earlier than I am accustomed to. These little steps have increased productivity and expanded my creative cycle.
Do I still make mistakes? Sure.
Do I regret it? Not at all.
My life is multifaceted and as such I refuse to lose time with my family, friends, or even my craft. I love what I do and will continue to chronicle my entrepreneurial adventures and a trick or two I learn along the way.
Carpe Diem it up folks!!!
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WRONG FOCUS

5 Nov

WRONG FOCUS
ACTIVITY VS. PRODUCTIVITY

So I harp a lot on Focus. Without focus we are prone to failure. Focus can make or break you though. Focus channeled incorrectly, will in all probability
Kill your business, dreams, and entrepreneurial spirit faster than you can imagine.
And the biggest case of Wrong Focus is simply focusing on
ACTIVITY VSM PRODUCTIVITY.

-Activity.
Activity is merely motion. But misdirected motion achieves nothing. Imagine a baseball player, a major leaguer swinging wild. Like every pitch is whatever. Ugh! Jeter gets paid for skill. Ted Williams, Jordan, even Steve Jobs- these are all men who Focused on more than simply creating motion. To get motion only, that’s great for husky guys like me in the gym. We sweat and that works lol. But in my business I can run a muck and just hope that enough action will equate victory. Nope. See boxing. Boxers need to learn the opponents. They don’t just throw punches. Now back to Steve Jobs. As he was a quick innovator in the last. Decade of his life he didn’t just flood the market with crap. There is a story that he carried an early iphone around for two weeks and then flipped because the screen scratched too easy. He wasn’t worried about quick turn around. To sum it up you have to be more than action. You don’t just go to work, you go and give your all. Running in place creates action but gets you nowhere

-Productivity.
Productivity is the goal, the dream, the honey pot. Truly productive people make moves all day. Even when they are asleep they move forward. There is never a loss.
Productivity is staying on task and meeting deadlines. Ever seen a jerk union member? He doesn’t meet deadlines he pads his overtime. Jerk. A good union worker meets deadlines. He’s on time ready to work and create. He isn’t a dredge, he’s a cog in the machine who realizes he is integral to the projects completion.
Another example- Your Savings. So you have 50 large in the bank, but PJ Morgan only gives a .25% interest that is than taxed super heavy comparative to the gains. That money was safe but you were essentially treading water. Not smart. Make that money work. Invest it. If not in a fund et al- in yourself. Live your dreams. Incorporate, manage, and build an empire. Be more than a grunt. Be a Captain. Life is handed to those who work. Not those who coast.
Productivity can be merely managerial. A site manager on a house flip keeps momentum in their favor. That’s important.
Your EYE being on the ball is everything. You can do more with les activity if you have a focus.
To achieve this folks- back to basics.
Lists.
Lists.
Lists.

That’s it. And constant communication.
I’m not going to speak on this more.
You’re proactive or you are on the sidelines.
Its your choice. You can focus on motion or control motion to a cohesive end.

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Productivity Plan (no frills, no sales, just facts)

13 Sep

Productivity Plan
(no frills, no sales, just facts)

Productivity not activity my friends. A lot of people will focus on action as that seems to be the best. However do you swim?
Ever tread water?
Yeah, exactly you’re going nowhere. And sure you’re keeping afloat- but is that what you wanted out of life? I bet not.

Average is not our intended purpose and I always say can’t isn’t in a man’s vocabulary. So let’s cover some quick steps to increase your productivity.

-Don’t be on auto-pilot.
Have you got your game plan? Are you running through the motions. Don’t. We all have needs and goals and a system at work. Learn yours.
More on this here: http://bit.ly/OiUZdp

-Self development plan.
You have to grow. Period. You don’t, your income doesn’t. Your quality of life doesn’t. Your business, yup it won’t either. Momentum can take you places. No question. However if you don’t grow you will not keep it. Life only works when you work. And your number one goal is to grow yourself. Commit to yourself. When you work on you everything else falls into place.
If you’re winging it chances are at a certain point you will make a bad decision. Skip that. GROW YOU.

-Understand value.
Its not about your perception of value but whether or not you actually add to the market place.
A lot of people think they create value when they do what they like, how they like. I like to write, no question about that- but I want to give back here. So I do my homework. I ask questions. I research. And when a concept comes together that will deliver the value, I write. Value comes in many forms. To make sure you give value- see what people think of what you do, your output and performance.
Taken a step further and its also about what you add to your community. The neighbor who doesn’t care isn’t helping. The one who looks out for you in invaluable. You both gain a friend, an ally and peace of mind.
Get the gist?

-Basic marketing concepts are a must.
I’m still learning these concepts. But without a knowledge of key marketing concepts you will stutter start often.
Know how to reach your target group.
Know your marketing needs and strategies.
Dan Kennedys Ultimate Sales Letter is a good start point.

-Outcome isn’t everything.
Don’t worry about how it ends but how you do. When you focus only on closing you will lose recruits and clients. When all you want is home runs. You will miss a base hit waiting on that perfect pitch. The less I care what happens and more about what I’m doing- the better my results. See the correlation?

-Exercise Daily.
Exercise frees the mind. It clears the intellect to create and comprehend as well. Exercise will also stave off sickness which means you have less down time thus creating more time for business. You can exercise at home.
Get an app, take the stairs, and park further away.
Join a gym.
Any option to increase your physical activity.

-Create a routine.
A simple one you can stick too.
A plan that will increase performance.
This will. Increase value and breed success. And the best part is that it doesn’t have to be a marathon. It doesn’t have to be endurance based either. Its not a marathon. Its a habit. Its a tool. An easy routine will ensure success. It will create value. And when you tell people to do this- they will see that you have. And that means- they can do it too! Being able to reproduce what they see is a fast way to increase results.
Make the routine, stick with it, have integrity.

#thriveorsurvive.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”. -Og Mandino

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