3 Basic Productivity Tips

In the area of productivity, I see 3 basic topics that we all should consider.

  1. Accept the Truth of Time – the fact is that there are 60 minutes in each hour,  24 hours in each day and 7 days in each week.  Nothing you or I can do will ever change that. The basic foundation of getting things done always come back to this simple truth.
  2. Never Pay Interest on Time – whether time is money or not (I’ll leave that discussion to someone else), I know that time acts like money.  If you are in control of your time or your money, you can be a happy person.  If our are out of time or out of money, you can be a miserable person.  If you run out of money, you will need to pay interest to borrow some of someone else’s.  The more out of control you are, the more interest you will pay.  If you run out of time, you will have to pay to borrow some from someone else.  The more out of control you are, the more you will pay.
  3. Limit Your Gathering Points – It takes the postman much longer to pick up mail from 100 rural boxes than it does for the same postman to pick up the same pieces of mail from one central box.  Doesn’t it make sense to limit the points from which you gather information?  Not only will your desk, your office, your car and your house look more organized, you will spend much less time looking for the next item you need to process.

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