Pretty big claim, right?
Want to know my secret? Want to know how I KNOW that I’m more productive than 92% of people? Read on my friend, read on.
I’ve read what seems like every book, e-book, and blog post on productivity. They all have similar advice:
- Don’t check your email in the morning
- Start on the most daunting task first
- Most people do their best work in the morning so focus in the am
- make a to-do list
It’s all good advice.
Of course, the best book on productivity isn’t really on productivity but “Making Things Happen” -which, let’s face it, requires large amounts of productive time. 🙂
If you haven’t ready Scott Belsky’s “Making Things Happen” you should.
See, I made it easy. It’s also available for your kindle (or iPad/iPhone with the kindle app) (you should know, if you click this link, I’ll earn a tiny percentage of the sale-so thank you in advance for helping support this site!)
But this isn’t a book review (though perhaps I should get around to doing one!).
This is all about being more productive and one of the premises in Belsky’s book is that for things to happen, it’s got to have a bias towards action. More than a simple list of to-do’s, they have to written with action in them. Instead of “contract for client b”, write “CREATE contract for client b”.
That’s not my secret, though it helps tremendously.
Nope. My secret weapon is Rescue Time.
At first it seems a little silly-can a site that keeps track of what you’re doing really help you be more productive? The answer is a resounding YES!
The first day I logged in, I managed an incredibly unproductive morning. Which looks like what mornings in my office used to look like. I was more productive than only 32% of people!
Now I average productivity in the 97% range with only 3% of what I do being unproductive/detrimental to getting things done. For me, it’s actually very much like a game to keep checking in and making sure I’m being productive. I can see charts, stats, and really understand what I’m working on and how it effects the end result.
I blast through my task lists every day and now, even when I’m procrastinating, I’m still doing something productive. How cool is that? So now, instead of being overwhelmed by a project and defaulting to endless email, facebook, or hulu, I’m drawn to learning, writing, scheduling, and staying on top of my master task list and accounting!
So if you’ve been having trouble getting things done, or just want to boost your productivity, go get yourself some Rescue Time! You can thank me later 😉