When something happens a third time, you’ve got yourself a pattern.
I had a great time on my most recent trip to Volkswagen. As has become my fun habit with these hard-working folks, I opened up the seminar by asking each person to offer their favorite productivity tip.
Here are the tips that these #ProductivitySuperheroes had to share:
- “Be direct and honest…always.” ~Bob
- “Start with your attitude. Then, make sure you write things down.” ~Hinton
- “Prioritize! In the first 30 minutes of each day, knock off some small, easy tasks.” ~Natalia
- “Visualize what you are trying to accomplish.” ~Hal
- “Make a list. Keep it simple.” ~Sonya
- “Do a quality check to avoid re-work.” ~Joseph
- “Follow the five-minute rule: if something takes less than five minutes, do it now.” ~Brandon
- “Be proactive, not reactive. Anticipate what can go wrong and plan accordingly.” ~J.D.
- “Set expectations for the day. Make sure you do a good handoff with the night shift workers.” ~David
- “Use a whiteboard to brainstorm projects and tasks.” ~Chris
- “Use a Franklin Planner.” (a.k.a. Trapper Keeper!) ~Jeff B.
- “Add reminders to emails.” ~Jeff J.
- “Say “no” appropriately.” ~Austin
- “Keep a weekly list of objectives.” ~Eric
- “Write a daily to-do list.” ~Nina
- “Use Outlook Tasks and block time on your calendar.” ~Matthew
- “Divide big projects into small chunks and set deadlines.” ~Stephanie
- “Plan your work. Plug in your headphones to maintain focus.” ~Miriam
- “Listen to Five Finger Death Punch on your way into work.” ~Stephanie
- “Practice good communication.” ~Patrick
- “Plan your day but be flexible.” ~Lisa
This is a great list of tips, and I especially love the emphasis on planning your work. I also listened to Five Finger Death Punch during lunch that day and really liked what I heard. You just never know what productivity tips you’ll find helpful, right?
I salute these #ProductivitySuperheroes and look forward to my next visit to the plant.
This article is a part of my #ProductivitySuperheroes series where I profile people who are exceptional at managing their time, tasks, information and/or life in general. If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you admire, please email email@example.com.
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Melissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.