When it comes to productivity advice, the information available is limitless. There are countless books written on the subject, and a simple Google search will reveal tons of articles all dedicated to being a more productive person. No matter how many articles you read, it means nothing when you don’t apply it practically.
Sometimes, we take in too much information; try to apply too many pieces of wisdom at the same time. It’s good to just take a step back and see what people actually have to say on the matter. I’ve compiled a list of quotes that I turn to every now and then when I feel my grip loosening and my organizational efforts slip away.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. – Paul J. Meyer
Whenever I’m faced with a task (or a day) that seems impossible, these words remind me that hard work really pays off. That sometimes, one just has to put pedal to metal and see it through. With planning, scheduling, effort and some elbow grease, no task is too big.
Thomas A. Edison had it right when he said: “There is no substitute for hard work.”
There’s a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you’ll never be successful. – Shia LaBeouf
To be honest, I don’t know who Shia LaBeouf is, but truer words were never spoken. I know that I fall into this trap often: the need to over prepare. I’ll spend hours and hours making lists of the things that I need to do, without actually doing anything productive. In order to be truly productive, one needs to start doing.
Bruce Lee said: “Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” He didn’t say this from a productivity point of view, but good advice nonetheless. He also said if you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done…
Take as much stuff off your plate as possible, so you can focus on doing what’s important, and doing it well. – Leo Babauta
Don’t spend time on tasks that aren’t important. Sometimes we like to add to our plates, just to feel busy, to feel worthy. If it’s not important, let it go. If it is important and you really don’t have the time to worry about it, delegate it. This is another area where I fail dismally. I tend to keep everything to myself, try do get to everything on my own. Asking for assistance does not mean you’re weak. It means you know your strengths. I know now that I cannot do everything.
This reminds me of something Stephen Covey said: “Dependant people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own efforts. Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.”
What are your favourite words of wisdom to keep you going?
by Cheryl-Anne Roelofsz