Productivity Lessons – Part 1

08 Dec / James Eastham

Productivity; The effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input. We all want to be much more productive! I’m sure a good majority of us (me included) fall into bed with productivities much less glamorous little brother, procrastination; the action of delaying or postponing something. I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 12 months implementing tips to try and divorce myself from the little brother.

We all want to get things done, period! If we were all 100% productive 100% of the time you can almost guarantee you’d be more ‘successful’ than you are now in whatever that field may be, Life, however, does always have a nasty habit of getting in the way. Even more so in today’s climate of constant connection and interruption! Just look at the amount of ‘pings’ your phone gets in a 30 minute period. Go on, become conscious of it over the next 30 and count the beeps. I’m sure you’ll be surprised! Factor that into times of effort when pure un-interrupted focus is needed and you’ll realise the problem that comes with a generation obsessed with #FOMO.

This is a personal finance blog I hear you scream, why are you talking about productivity. It’s a good question, thanks for asking! The vast majority of the financial independence community focuses on cutting expenses and how to use the surplus money you end up with. What a lot of people don’t tend to talk about quite as much is the income boosting side of FI. Whilst increased productivity doesn’t have a direct and tangible effect on your income, an increase is almost certain to get you moving up the career ladder.

Where are we going with this?

This article is the first of a series I’m going to keep adding to, with no limit to the number we will end up with. I’m in the business of constant personal improvement. So whenever I discover a new life-hack or improve my own process in any way you’ll hear about it here first. Initially, you can expect to see me cover:

  • How I plan my workload on day to day and weekly basis
  • Brain clearing – Outsourcing my to-do list
  • Reaching inbox zero (this is one of my personal favourites)
  • Pomodoro (yes, this article will involve tomatoes) and the science of regular breaks
  • Sleep and the importance of getting your 8 hours
  • How to cultivate a state of flow
  • Disconnecting from your mobile phone (one of the hardest, but most tangible)

Why would you listen to me?

I’m not an expert or a scientist, let me make that clear right away! I’m just a young man constantly trying to improve. Just over 12 months ago I read the book Get Things Done by David Allen and it kind of became my bible. Through implementing the steps in that book and picking up a few other tips and hacks along the way I now feel able to share and help other people. Some of the ideas and actions I have you may disagree with and that’s cool! I’m always open to discussion and am a firm believer that you don’t know what you don’t know until you know! Yep, read that sentence again if that first time was a bit of a blur.

If you are interested in becoming the most productive version of you drop your email in the signup box just below the bottom of this post. That way you’ll get the latest section of the series direct to your inbox where you can store it for all of eternity. Otherwise, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let’s just start a conversation.

UPDATE: Part 2 of the series is now live here


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