Seeing Productivity Differently After Reading Smarter Faster Better

In a follow up to his first book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg has released another amazing book about the real secrets to productivity. And no, there isn’t an app you need to download.

After studying some of the top organizations in the world, Charles discovered a few elements to productivity that most people over look. Again, this isn’t about to-do lists or using apps and calendars; all of which are fantastic ways to keep track of what and when to do things. But the purpose of this book was to look deeper, into the mechanisms that lead teams and people to be productive.

And instead of beating you over the head with his book, I thought it would be faster to pull the items straight from my notebook, with added flourish:

  • Ask why to discover the deeper motivation in your self and others, aloud.
  • Create STRETCH Goals that you don’t immediately know how to accomplish, and then make SMART Goals as the baby steps to get there.
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic
    • Time-based
  • Use your imagination to create mental models of the world around you, the easiest way to do this is to tell your self stories of what is going to happen.
    • For instance, if you sit an imagine how your day is going to go in the morning, you will more likely be able to hold true to that kind of day or discover roadblocks before they happen
  • Let each person contribute to the conversation and make sure they are heard without interruption and validated for their input.
    • Try this with you family member, or you loved ones; its like magic.
  • Use probabilities to your advantage. In the same way that we create mental models, examine possible outcomes and act on the ones that are most in line with you goals
  • Slow down the information flow, intentionally. This concept is called Disfluency. What it does is allow for the mind to grip the information and work with it.
    • You may use your computer, or your smart devices, for note taking. Try using pen and paper to get a better grip of the information.
    • There is a tip that both financial and fitness experts agree, if you write down what you do with your money or energy or food, you are more likely to hit your goals
  • Allow for the information that you have, your experience and your past, to become a part of your process. Share this information with others in diverse places, become an information broker.

So there you have my bullet points.

Thank you for reading, please let me know which of these resonates with you; how have you applied them in your own life?

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