Want to know how to be productive?
Create goals, make a plan and execute. We all know this is a good idea… and it never, ever seems to work. It’s like simplifying boxing down to “Just go into the ring and punch the other guy until he’s knocked out.” Sounds easy. A Simple Strategy to Make Every Day Productive - Tina Gilbertson. If you’re like me, you have some days when you’re the queen of your life and get forty-three things done before lunch … and others where changing out of your pajamas is the day’s biggest achievement.
This is one of the many reasons I love listening to business-oriented podcasts. You can pick up gems of wisdom and inspiration — and yea, even practical tips for productivity — from successful business people, even if they operate in a totally different realm than you. Recently I came across a shiny, new-to-me tidbit while listening to business guru Marie Forleo speak about gaining clarity in this interview with Amy Porterfield. Marie said something in passing that I’d never heard before and fortunately, Amy asked her to elaborate. Marie’s explanation was the wellspring for this post. The Physics of Productivity: Newton's Laws of Getting Stuff Done.
In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion.
Objects in motion tend to stay in motion. You have a limited amount of force and where you apply it matters. Your productivity is a balance of opposing forces. – doleole
In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science.
What most people don’t know, however, is that Newton’s three laws of motion can be used as an interesting analogy for increasing your productivity, simplifying your work, and improving your life. Allow me to this present this analogy as Newton’s Laws of Productivity. Newton’s First Law of Productivity First Law of Motion: An object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force. In many ways procrastination is a fundamental law of the universe. The good news? So, what’s the best way to get started when you are stuck procrastinating? In my experience, the best rule of thumb for getting started is the 2-Minute Rule.  Here are some examples… Five Proven Ways To Have a Better Work Day. Ancient Productivity Advice That Is Relevant Today (Part I) Ancient Productivity Advice That's Relevant Today (Part II)
Productivity Model. What Are You Measuring In Your Life? Imagine this… Someone walks into the gym, warms up, does a little bit of this exercise, does a little bit of that exercise, bounces around to a few machines, maybe hops on the treadmill, finishes their workout, and leaves the gym.
This isn’t a critique of their workout. In fact, it’s quite possible that they got a nice workout in. So, what is notable about this situation? They didn’t measure anything. But here’s the thing: We all have areas of life that we say are important to us, but that we aren’t measuring. What We Measure, We Improve Count something. The things we measure are the things we improve. When I measured how many pushups I did, I got stronger.When I tracked my reading habit of 20 pages per day, I read more books.When I recorded my values, I began living with more integrity. Our lives are shaped by how we choose to spend our time and energy each day. It’s Not About the Result, It’s About Awareness Measure from a place of curiosity. Measure from a place of self-awareness. 5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder. How The Most Powerful People Get Things Done: 4 Tips From A White House Staffer.
We all have big decisions to make and deadlines to meet.
And sometimes it can feel overwhelming. This got me wondering: how do the most powerful people get things done? When lives are on the line, literally trillions of dollars are at stake and the world is watching… how do people handle those situations? There have to be things we can learn from them. So I called my friend James Waters. James was Deputy Director of Scheduling at the White House and served in government for 10 years. James had some tremendous insights about how they do things at The White House that line up with a lot of what the formal research is telling us. Now if you’re looking for Republicans-this, Democrats-that, you’ve come to the wrong place. Let’s get to it. Be Responsive It ain’t like an episode of “The West Wing.” Watching that show you might think that 5 people get everything done.