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Thoughts on Productivity

Jon Yablonski
April 10, 2017

Thoughts on Productivity

Productivity has always been a topic of interest for me. While we all have our own approaches to getting stuff done, I’ve found that being able to identify different methods and choosing the appropriate one to manage the tasks ahead is incredibly valuable. This knowledge has enabled me to work smarter — a fundamental ingredient to better productivity.

Jon Yablonski

April 10, 2017
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  1. Productivity
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  2. The state or quality of
    producing something
    meaningful with
    undivided focus.
    Productivity [proh-duhk-tiv-i-tee]
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  3. Scott Berkun / THe Cult of Busy
    Time is the singular measure of life. It’s one of the few
    things you can not get more of. Knowing how to spend it
    well is possibly the most important skill you can have.
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  4. Eric Karjaluoto / Slow the fuck down
    It’s a bit of a cliché, but there’s some merit to the notion
    of working smarter, not harder. Take time to identify
    and implement systems that reduce distractions, and
    lower the burden on your time.
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  5. Work Smart
    THe Key to Productivity
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  6. dotted line principle
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  7. The method is effective my making it easier
    to build on top of a rough draft, as opposed
    to a blank canvas.
    In his last 8 months alone he created 150
    songs, which was an average of 3 songs per
    studio session.
    This method originates from Tupac Sakur’s
    incredibly prolific studio work ethic.
    work through an initial concept without
    editing, then go back to refine, edit or add at a
    later time.
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  8. eisenhower box
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  9. It provides a clear framework for making the
    decisions over and over again.
    It forces us to identify where our time and
    effort will be the most effective, and
    therefore avoid activity addition.
    This method originates from Dwight D.
    Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United
    Status of America, and a productivity legend.
    Neither urgent nor important Tasks for elimination
    04
    Urgent, but not important Tasks for delegation
    03
    Important, but not urgent Tasks for later
    02
    Urgent & important Tasks you will do immediately
    01
    Use a decision matrix to separate tasks into:
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  10. Pompodoro
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  11. This method is effective for when your facing
    a large task, a series of tasks, or you need to
    power through distractions.
    Focus on a specific task or project for 25
    minutes straight with no distractions, then
    take a 5 minute break.
    Invented by the author Francesco Cirillo
    while a student, which he used to track his
    work with a tomato-shaped timer.
    concentrate focus in short sprints to ensure
    you’re consistently productive and you keep
    your motivation high.
    nO 03 / Pomodoro
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  12. Seinfeld
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  13. Seeing the chain grow becomes a motivating
    factor to continue progress.
    This method requires a year-long calendar
    that will allow you to mark each day on
    which you performed your task.
    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is credited with this
    method after being asked his advice about
    developing comedic prowess.
    Build a ‘chain’ by Picking a task that you can
    sustain daily and will make an impact on your
    final goal. Then don’t break the chain.
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  14. procrastination
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  15. We can leverage this by occupying ourselves
    with other, lesser important tasks.
    When we procrastinate, our minds look for
    distractions to avoid engaging a difficult or
    unpleasing tasks.
    Designer Tobias van Schneider has shared
    that procrastination is his ultimate
    productivity hack.
    procrastination can be leveraged as a
    productivity hack. Embrace it.
    nO 05 / procrastination
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  16. insights
    key things to remember
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  17. fight the urge to give into busyness. we must Be
    deliberate in our actions, and consider how
    each task will helps achieve the larger goal.
    nO 01 / BUsyness
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  18. It is imperative that we carve out significant
    blocks of uninterrupted time, during which we
    can dedicate focus to substantial tasks.
    nO 02 / Focus
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  19. It’s in your best interest to protect yourself
    from burnout. Burnout is the enemy of
    productivity.
    nO 03 / Burnout
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  20. Working a predetermined amount of hours
    doesn’t result in a proportional amount of
    tasks completed. In fact, studies have shown
    that the longer people work, the less
    productive they become.
    nO 04 / Screentime ≠ Productivity
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  21. We must battle perfectionism. Trying to do
    things perfectly all the time will only lead to
    bad prioritization decisions.
    nO 05 / Perfectionism
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  22. THANK YOU
    go forth and be productive
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