"Organize Tomorrow Today"
A book review by Art Williams
I recently subscribed to a great new service that sends me reviews of top-rated non-fiction books. These are the kinds of books I'd be buying in paperback if I was back in the US… but I'm not in the US. I'm in Colombia. Nor do I have an ebook reader. So I get all my US news over the internet.
This new service is called www.blinkist.com and I really like it. The most recent book I read (the summary of) is called "Organize Tomorrow Today" and here's what I got out of it:
- Task prioritization and organization is the key to productivity. The key to tomorrow is how you plan it today. So…pick three tasks and start organizing them by (a) listing only small, easily doable tasks. Do NOT list massive, complicated tasks, (b) Be conscious of your priorities and schedule wisely, and (c) write everything down. Why? Because it activates your RAS (Reticular Activating System).
Note: Being busy is a waste of time. The goal is to be productive.
- Maximize you time and productivity by (a) Don't waste time between tasks, (b) further maximize productivity by the 'ask and chop' technique…. breaking every task down to the easiest component and doing that first… just like you east a steak bit by bit.(c) Allocate specific amounts of time to each task, and (c) if you do a lot of meetings (and everybody does some of them) structure those meetings. Don't waste everybody's time or yours.
- If you're trying to achieve lifestyle goals, make each newly desired habit a ritual that happens at a specific time. With time, that habit becomes more ingrained and easier.
- Focus more so on perfecting the process than perfecting the results. Focusing too much on results, as most people do, creates negative motivation for some people. Focusing on the process is more objective and easier to do to yourself.
Note: Greatness is built around doing things others won't or can't do.
- Be aware of your self-talk. Keep it positive. Don't dwell on problems but rather successful solutions or outcomes.
Note: Whatever you focus on expands so do not focus on negatives.
- You must develop your verbal communication skills in front of groups and/or to individuals. For addressing groups, Preparation and Practice are both important and effective no matter how well you do them. For one-on-one, remember that a calm voice is the most effective (with some enthusiasm thrown in at the right time) and listening is usually more important than talking.
- Do NOT be normal in the sense that you procrastinate like 'normal' people do and obsess on things beyond your control like 'normal' people do. Keep the main thing the main thing.
Summary: Focus on solutions, control your self-talk, perfect your processes, build your own evaluation ritual that tracks your successes and rewards them.
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