I’ve been applying Getting Things Done (GTD) (from the book Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen) for about two years now. I can witness – as many people do – that it tremendously increases my productivity while minimizing my stress. That’s why I was eager to read another book written by David Allen entitled Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life. Since Getting Things Done has been very influential to me, I hoped that reading more productivity tips from the same author will bring my productivity to the next level. Let’s see inside the book.
Are you expecting better results in your life? Do you want to achieve more in your career and relationships? I think most people do (and I’m no exception, of course). Most people want to be more successful in whatever they do. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get the results we want. We may work hard without ever getting them. That happened in my life and, in reflection, I realize why it happened. There is a quote by Albert Einstein that helps me understand: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s exactly what’s wrong with me: I did things the same way
We have now been in the last week of June and soon we will enter July. In July, I will accept guest posts here on Life Optimizer. So, if you are a blogger, you may consider participating. You may notice that recently there are two guest posts here. The first one is How to Boost Your Productivity with Serial Multi-tasking by Mary Jaksch and the second one is 7 Can’t-Miss Ways to Defeat the Procrastination Habit by Arjun Muralidharan. I love these posts and I think guest posting is a good idea. It gives the readers fresh perspectives that can enrich them. So here I publicly announce the guest posting opportunity to all of you. Here are two reasons why you may want to write guest posts:
Note: This is a guest post by Arjun Muralidharan of The Productive Student. I have the classic problem of ‘thinking about being productive, but not putting it into action’. That’s what’s troubling Life Optimizer reader Kashmira. The deeply ingrained problem here is procrastination, or the behavior of deferring tasks to a later time. Deferring tasks is all right when done the right way. You can defer a task if you’ve decided when to defer it to. The number one reason for procrastinating seems to be anxiety, and fighting that can be a daunting challenge. Here are 7 habits to implement to counter the procrastination habit.
Being more productive is essential to improve your life. It enables you to produce more value out of your life so that you can give more and in turn receive more. It makes your life more fulfilling. Of course, it’s not easy to be more productive, but the effort is well worth it. Here I’d like to share with you some practical tips to increase your productivity. In total, there are 36 tips I’m about to share which are grouped into six categories: Motivate Yourself, Prepare Yourself, Equip Yourself, Manage Your Energy, Manage Your Workflow, and Optimize Your Working Session. Check them all and find the ones that work for you.
One of the most common pitfalls to productivity is procrastination. While being productive means accomplishing something, procrastinating is just the opposite. If we procrastinate, nothing will get done. Time will pass by without results and before long we may notice how far behind we have been left by others. Here is a confession: I’m a procrastinator. There are some tasks I don’t like that I procrastinate on. The most obvious one – since I’m a lecturer – is grading. I like all other aspects of being a lecturer except grading the exam papers. That’s why I was excited when I learned about a book on overcoming procrastination that is widely recommended on the web: The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore. I read the book with the expectation that I would find the cure to my procrastination habit. Let’s see what the book has to offer.