I am a productivity geek. I want to get more done in less time. I’m always looking for that edge that will make me more efficient.
But the last week has been tremendously unproductive. Though I had big plans, I’ve not accomplished much of anything.
When I first stepped away from my role as the CEO of Thomas Nelson, I reveled in the freedom. I felt a little fear, to be sure. But mostly, I was excited about doing what I loved, and leaving behind the corporate bureaucracy and the non-stop parade of meetings.
That lasted about a month.
Last week, I made the mistake of upgrading to the new Mavericks operating system on my MacBook Air. I immediately began to experience problems with Apple Mail and my Gmail accounts. (The problems have been documented in numerous places, including this article on TUAW.) I am now testing alternative email clients. Which email program do you use? Why do you love it—or hate it? Tell me in the comments below.
Recently, after what should have been a relaxing staycation with my wife, I confessed to her that I was feeling discouraged. We talked through a few possibilities without success, but then she asked me, “Are you discouraged or just tired?”
The fact is that it is incredibly easy to confuse these two feelings because the symptoms are similar.
Almost everyone has some important project they can’t seem to get to. Maybe it’s starting a blog, writing a book, or launching a new business initiative. You just can’t seem to find the time to tackle it.
Whenever I speak on the topic of Platform, the first question I always get in the Q&A is this: “How do I make time for building a platform? I am so busy; I don’t know how I could possibly add one more thing to my schedule.”
In Michael’s post on successful delegation, I left the comment:
“Sometimes in order to automate a task you might have to delegate it first, and then remove all the chinks before automating it…”
As Michael mentioned, delegation takes quite a bit of time and effort to setup, but in the long run it pays off.
In this episode, I give you a peek inside my toolbox. These are “tools” I use virtually every day in my professional and personal life.
I want to look at my tools in six different areas: Hardware, Startup Software, Blogging, Writing, Speaking, and Podcasting
Currently, about fourteen people work with me in some capacity or another. Interestingly, none of them are employees. All of them are virtual assistants.
Only a few of them live in my community. Most of them live hundreds of miles away. But that doesn’t keep us from working together effectively. Thanks to some really cool software, we are able to communicate and stay totally in sync.
The ONE Thing (Austin, TX: Bard Press, 2013)
Ever feel overwhelmed by having too much to do? In The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and New York Times bestselling author, starts off by dispelling five lies people believe about productivity. He then explains how to focus on the one that that if done, makes everything else easier or unnecessary.
I speak a lot on the topic of platform-building. Inevitably, during the Q&A time following my speech, I get asked, “How can I find time for social media? I am so busy now. I can’t imagine adding one more thing.”
I understand this feeling. However, if you want to leverage your leadership and increase your impact, you must make time for social media.
Though we live in a very exciting time in history, it is filled with distractions. Regardless, you and I still have to get real work done. That requires focus.
But what if mental focus is not something you either have or don’t have? What if it’s something you could create, on-demand, whenever you need it?