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.


Make sure you also read parts one and two of this series!



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 getproductive@melissagratias.com.



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Dr. Melissa Gratias, MBG Organizing SolutionsDr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at getproductive@melissagratias.com or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.

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