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14WAYS TO BE
AMAZINGLY
PRODUCTIVELAUNCHYOURGENIUS.COM
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At the end of the day, do you feel GREAT
or you feel like a DAY has SLIPPEDby?
THE NEW
PRODUCTIVITY=MORE
AWESOME+ MORE
INTERESTING+ MORE PLAY
+ MORE HAPPINESS
+PURPOSE
Imagine BEING excited,
INSPIRED and engaged
in doing and going ABOUT YOUR DAY!
MAKE WORK MORE ENGAGING!
Here are a few ideas that you might
find useful:
1. Figure Out Your “Why”: Intentional Productivity
and Understanding Who You Are and What Makes
you Tick
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Did you ever in the middle of many lattes and lists have an
epiphany of slowing down and asking the question “why?”
Why are you doing what you are doing?
I call this Intentional Productivity.
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WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? WHAT MAKES
YOU EXCITED? INSPIRED?
TASKS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL
INSPIRED=
GREAT
PRODUCTIVITY AND GREAT FEELING
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Sinek explains that most organizations know
“what” they do and “how” they do it but very
few can clearly explain “why” they do what
they do. The “why” question is the purpose
question.
WHY?
Sinek explains that The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I
believe” and he gave the “I have a dream” speech and not the “I
have a plan” speech and connected with the similar beliefs of
many others.
“I have a dream” and “I
believe” are “why”
questions and “I have a
plan” is a “what”
question.
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Action Tips:
Make productivity intentional by understanding
what makes you tick: your skills, strengths and
passion: “why” you do what you are doing.
YOUR PASSIONS+SKILLS+YOUR “WHY” +HIGHER
PURPOSE+GREAT VALUE TO OTHERS = INSPIRED
PRODUCTIVITY
2. Mini Power-Lists
ARE YOU OVERWHELMED BY
BIG LISTS?
Take your tasks and make a small power list of 3 to 5 items that
you need to get done today.
Complete the items on the power list one after one and check them off.
What are the projects and the tasks that need attention and priority
today?
DO LESS, ENJOY MORE!
3. Overcome Analysis-paralysis by
Restricting Unlimited Choice and
Allowing a Time Frame for Action
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DO YOU
HAVE
ANALYSIS
PARALYSIS?
RESEARCH done by Dr. Barry Schwartz explains
that too much CHOICE =LESS HAPPINESS AND MORE
PARALYSIS.
Opportunity cost or the cost of not
choosing one choice with an unique
set of benefits over another can
significantly reduce our happiness
levels.
Also, having too much choice skyrockets
our expectationsand produces
less satisfaction with making the one
choice. 
Action Tips:
Be decisive!
SOME CHOICE=GOOD
MORE CHOICE= NOT BETTER!
Restrict your choices and set up a time frame for
you to analyze and make a firm decision.
4. The Lean Startup Productivity
Lessons: Stop Spinning Your Wheels
and Take a New Approach
In his wonderful book, The Lean Startup, author
Eric Ries describes the Lean Startup process =
BUILD, MEASURE, LEARN.
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= A quick launch or BUILD
+
Measurement of results or MEASURE
+
Learning from the data or LEARN
The Lean Startup Method
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$&/!.")+, -)ff!r!+..
HOW CAN WE
APPLY LESSONS
FROM THE LEAN
STARTUP TO OUR
PRODUCTIVITY?
Launch QUICKLY 
TEST it out, MEASURE AND GATHER FEEDBACK
Based on the feedback, you LEARNand then
decide to make changes or go all out with what
you have.
Imagine the productivity boost you will receive if you were an
ADAPTIVE learner and took quick action and were unafraid
of metrics and feedback.
Taking advantage of feedback to pivot or persevere gives you a
tremendous productivity boost. 
Action Tips:
Take quick actions towards your initial
prototype.
Measure what you have accomplished by actual
feedback from peers or customers.
Pivot and change or persevere and move
forward. ADAPTIVE LEARNING=MORE
PRODUCTIVITY
5. Bust Through the Common
Assumptions and Beliefs That Do Not
Serve You
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.& $.&p -&)+, $&/!.")+, &(-”― P!.!r
F. Dr'0*!r
WE SEE LIFE THROUGH
OUR FILTERS OF
PERCEPTION AND
BELIEF!
OUR BELIEFS AND
PERCEPTIONS CAN TUNNEL
VISION OUR THINKING!
DO YOU HAVE PRE-
CONCEIVED IDEAS
ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY?
TASK IS EASY OR
DIFFICULT...
ENEMIES OF HAPPY PRODUCTIVITY= Fear,
Doubt, Overwhelm, Procrastination and a
Lack of confidence.
TAKE charge of your thinking
process, your emotions, your
beliefs, behavior and address a
lack of inspired action= You can
be highly productive!
LAUNCH UNINHIBITEDand UNLEASH THE
POWER OF ACTIONTO BECOME HAPPILY
PRODUCTIVE!
Action Tips
Become aware of assumptions and beliefs that you
have prevented you to be happily productive.
Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior and
action power.
By developing more inner-vibrance and by addressing
fear, doubt, overwhelm and self-confidence, you open
the field for happy and amazing productivity.
6. The Art of Creative Productivity
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In an engaging and short TED talk, Derek Sivers says that the
opposite of what we think might also be true somewhere else. The
example he gives is that streets have names and city blocks do not in
the US while in Japan, streets do not have names but blocks do.
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7. Manage Energy, And Not Just Time
MANAGING ENERGY IS VITAL FOR
HAPPY PRODUCTIVITY!
Happy Productivity=
Manage your energy
by
working out, eating
right, staying
hydrated and feeling
great
Understand your natural
rhythm and cycle for
optimal productivity.
When DO you have high energy
and when you are able to work
your best?
What are some of the habits and
processes that allow you to be
productive?
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8. Creatively Productive work spaces
What does your work space look like? Does it
reflectwho you are or does it make you feel
like something is amiss?
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)+ )+$p)r!- pr&-'0.)v).%.
In some of the most highly productive and Innovative companies, work spaces have been recognized to be
vital for the continued creative and inspired productivity of the organization.
The philosophy at Google is collaboration and innovation and their work spaces reflect that
aspect of the company ideology. They make it very easy to talk and cross pollinate ideas.
In the highly innovative company
IDEO, workspaces are designed
to collaborate, improvise, build,
and iterate.
In IDEO, There are carts with
materials and objects to quickly
prototype an idea, whiteboards
and stick-it notes everywhere to
engage in innovative brain
storming.
Action Tips:
What does your workspace look like? Does it reflect your
personality and allow you to be effortlessly productive?
Take a few moments to reorganize your work space,
declutter or add elements that inspire your productivity.
Pay attention to various elements of your workspace such
as color, tools, music and clutter. Do the various elements
inspire you to be happily productive?
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#+- $/#(( )+.!rr'p.)&+$?
9. Increase Productivity by Scheduling
and Taking short Breaks
The study indicates that taking short breaks or
brief diversions from a task increases focus
and hence the productivity of a task.
A recent study in the journal Cognition at the University of Illinois at
Urbana Campaign by Lleras and Ariga attempts to answer the question
whether breaks are essential or detrimental for keeping us focused on a
task.
Action Tips:
You increase focus and productivity by taking
short breaks or brief diversions.
Work intensely for a certain period of time and
then take a very short break, move around and
divert your attention away from your work
before getting back.
10. Take a walking meeting: productive
change of surroundings
Changing surroundings=MORE productivity?
In Persuasion expert, Dr. B J Fogg’s tiny habits program, change of habits
is facilitated by tiny actions and a change of context or environment.
Changing the context or surrounding is a great way to inspire creative
productivity and infuse your work with much required fresh air.
I believe that changing the environment is
a wonderful way to inspire and
supercharge your productivity.
IDEO uses this principle continuously.
Workspaces CHANGE and environments are
remodeled to stimulate innovation.
In Business Innovator Nilofer Merchant’s TED talk, she
suggests that the next time you have a one-on-one
meeting, make it a walking meeting and allow the ideas to
flow as you walk
WALKING MEETINGS= GREAT FOR
HEALTH + GREAT FOR PRODUCTIVITY
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11. Detach yourself from the outcome, allow
different versions of the answer
SOW THE SEEDS AND TAKE OF
YOUR FIELD AND THEN STOP
OBSESSING ABOUT THE OUTCOME!
LESS WORRY= MORE GREAT
WORK= MORE PRODUCTIVITY
In tibetan custom, elaborate mandalas or multicolor designs are made
painstakingly for many days with colored sand. The final product is
astonishing. However, after they have been completed, they are
destroyed to depict the impermanence of life and the detachment
that we need to bring to life.
Action Tips:
Worry less and do more.
Become detached to the outcome of your work and
spend the mental energy on another project
Focus your time and attention on what you can do,
improve and improvise.
Let go of obsessing over the outcome of a project.
Instead focus on making your work more amazing
from feedback.
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#r! '+#b(! .& f&0'$ &+ 0r!#.)v! pr&-'0.)v).%, ). /#% b!
.)/! .& r!-'0! ."! -)$.r#0.)&+$.
12. Eliminate or minimize Excessive
distractions
Unitasking can be mindful,
engaging, inspiring and highly
satisfying.
You may have entered into that amazing state
of flow at some point in your life.
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fr&/ ")$ w&+-!r<( b&&* F(&w:
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)/p&r.#+. .&&( )+ ."! .#$* &f )/pr&v)+, ."! q'#().%
&f 5p!r)!+0!.”
Professor Csikszentmihalyi’s research suggests that doing
what you like to do, developing high skill level, working at a high
difficulty level or with challenges and being completely involved
or focused causes the flow experience in our work.
Flow states are intrinsically motivating because of
the happiness and contentment generated and can
inspire us towards great and meaningful
productivity.
Action Tips:
Attempt to do tasks that you like to do and believe that
you can do and eliminate excessive distractions in order
to focus and unitask.
Work on increasing skill level and take on challenges that
make you practice at the edge of your ability to facilitate
a deeply satisfying feeling of flow.
Increase the incidence of such flow events to intrinsically
inspire your productivity.
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13. Productivity fostering Habits and
Tools
Do you have the right tools to be
optimally productive?
14. Engagement
One of the most important elements towards happy and inspired productivity is the
level of engagement that you are able and willing to bring to the table.
Are you willing to give it all you have and willing to go the extra mile to get the work
done or are you going to quit and become demoralized at the first signs of failure?
DO not allow FAILURE to crush you.
If you are willing to engage the problem with enthusiasm, if you are not caught up
with the perceptions and assumptions and perceived shame associated with failure,
you give wings to your engagement and super-chargeyour
productivity.
Action Tips:
Bring enthusiasm to your work and be willing to engage the
problem.
The level of inspired engagement that you are able to bring
determines your ability to succeed through failure.
Do not allow failure to crush you. Instead change the
meaning that you give failure and turn up the volume of
enthusiasm and inspired engagement.
SUMMARY
1. Make productivity intentional by understanding what makes you tick: your skills, strengths and what you love to do and asking
“why” you do what you are doing.
2. Generate a mini-power list of items that you need to be done today and complete them instead of working with a huge list and
getting overwhelmed.  
3. Attempt to not get tempted by the lure of unlimited choice. Some choice is great but more choice is not necessarily better.
Restrict your choices somewhat and importantly set up a time frame for you to analyze and then to make a firm decision.
4. Take quick actions towards your initial prototype.
Measure what you have accomplished by actual feedback from peers or customers.
Pivot and change or persevere and move forward. In the long-term, your productivity will increase on long-term projects because
you are an adaptive learner and action taker.
5. Bust through common assumptions and beliefs that are holding you back: Become aware of assumptions and beliefs that you
have prevented you to be happily productive. Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior and action power.
6. Practice creative productivity and allow yourself to look at a problem from different perspectives. Allow your creativity to
connect and combine novel ideas and look at opposites to be more creative.
7. Manage your energy, not just time: Having high energy levels and feeling great can make you happily productive.
8. Productive work spaces: Take a few moments to reorganize your work space, declutter it if needed and add elements that
inspire your productivity.
9. Increase productivity by scheduling short breaks- work intensely for a certain period of time and then take a very short break,
move around and divert your attention away from your work before getting back.
10. Take a walking meeting-change your surroundings for amazing productivity.
11. Detach yourself from the outcome: worry less, do more. Focus energy on doing great work, not worrying how it will turn out.
12. Eliminate or minimize distractions: do what you like to do, reduce distractions, unitask, work on your skills and at a high
difficulty level to enter into a highly satisfying and inspiring state of flow.
13. Productivity fostering habits and tools: Set up your support structure, establish favorable habits and make sure you have the
right tools to foster and increase productivity.
14. Engagement: Bring enthusiasm to your work and be willing to engage the problem. The level of engagement, navigation and
management through failure will determine your level of happy and inspired productivity.
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14 Ways to be Amazingly Productive!

  • 2. “I! "# $%! &$%'() !% b& b'#*... +& q'&#!"%$ "#: w),! ,r& w& b'#* ,b%'!?” ― H&$r* D,v"- +%r&,'
  • 3. P!r"#p$ %&' f!!( ()*! %&' #r! $p)++)+, %&'r w"!!($ #+- $.)(( +&. b! /#*)+, /'0" pr&,r!$$ )+ %&'r w&r* #+- ()f!. D& %&' 1+- ). -)ffi0'(. .& 0#.0" 'p w)." %&'r w&r* #+- b! pr&-'0.)v! &+ # 0&+$)$.!+. b#$)$?
  • 4. At the end of the day, do you feel GREAT or you feel like a DAY has SLIPPEDby?
  • 5. THE NEW PRODUCTIVITY=MORE AWESOME+ MORE INTERESTING+ MORE PLAY + MORE HAPPINESS +PURPOSE
  • 6. Imagine BEING excited, INSPIRED and engaged in doing and going ABOUT YOUR DAY!
  • 7. MAKE WORK MORE ENGAGING! Here are a few ideas that you might find useful:
  • 8. 1. Figure Out Your “Why”: Intentional Productivity and Understanding Who You Are and What Makes you Tick “B% w"% w"#. I /!#+ )$ w"#.’$ %&'r p'rp3!, w"#.’$ %&'r 0#'$!, w"#.’$ %&'r b!()!f? W"% -&!$ %&'r &r,#+4#.)&+ 5)$.? W"% -& %&' ,!. &'. &f b!- !v!r% /&r+)+, #+- w"% $"&'(- #+%&+! 0#r!?”- S)/&+ S)+!*, A'."&r &f S.#r. w)." W"%
  • 9. Did you ever in the middle of many lattes and lists have an epiphany of slowing down and asking the question “why?” Why are you doing what you are doing? I call this Intentional Productivity.
  • 10. M,.& , /"#! %f *%'r (r&,!&#! #."//#, #!r&$(!)# ,$- w),! *%' /%v& !% -% ,$- 0%$$&0! "! w"!) , -&&p #&$#& %f , “w)*” ,$- "$0r&,#& !)& "$0"-&$0& %f !)&#& &v&$!#.
  • 11. WHAT MAKES YOU TICK? WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED? INSPIRED?
  • 12. TASKS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL INSPIRED= GREAT PRODUCTIVITY AND GREAT FEELING
  • 13. I+ ")$ TED .#(*, #'."&r #+- $p!#*!r S)/&+ S)+!* $p!#*$ #b&'. ."! ,&(-!+ 0)r0(! ."!&r%. S)+!*’$ ."!&r% 0&+$)$.$ &f 3 0&+0!+.r)0 0)r0(!$ w)." ."! )++!r/3. 0)r0(! b!)+, ."! “w"%” #+- $'6!q'!+.(% f&((&w!- b% “"&w” #+- “w"#..” 
  • 14. Sinek explains that most organizations know “what” they do and “how” they do it but very few can clearly explain “why” they do what they do. The “why” question is the purpose question. WHY?
  • 15. Sinek explains that The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I believe” and he gave the “I have a dream” speech and not the “I have a plan” speech and connected with the similar beliefs of many others.
  • 16. “I have a dream” and “I believe” are “why” questions and “I have a plan” is a “what” question.
  • 17. A00&r-)+, .& S)+!*, 0&/p#+)!$ ()*! App(! "#v! # v!r% -!!p $!+$! &f '+-!r$.#+-)+, &f ."!)r “w"%” q'!$.)&+.
  • 18. Action Tips: Make productivity intentional by understanding what makes you tick: your skills, strengths and passion: “why” you do what you are doing. YOUR PASSIONS+SKILLS+YOUR “WHY” +HIGHER PURPOSE+GREAT VALUE TO OTHERS = INSPIRED PRODUCTIVITY
  • 19. 2. Mini Power-Lists ARE YOU OVERWHELMED BY BIG LISTS?
  • 20. Take your tasks and make a small power list of 3 to 5 items that you need to get done today. Complete the items on the power list one after one and check them off. What are the projects and the tasks that need attention and priority today? DO LESS, ENJOY MORE!
  • 21. 3. Overcome Analysis-paralysis by Restricting Unlimited Choice and Allowing a Time Frame for Action Ev!+ )f %&'’r! &+ ."! r),". .r#0*, %&'’(( ,!. r'+ &v!r )f %&' 7'$. $). ."!r!- W)(( R&,!r$
  • 23. RESEARCH done by Dr. Barry Schwartz explains that too much CHOICE =LESS HAPPINESS AND MORE PARALYSIS.
  • 24. Opportunity cost or the cost of not choosing one choice with an unique set of benefits over another can significantly reduce our happiness levels.
  • 25. Also, having too much choice skyrockets our expectationsand produces less satisfaction with making the one choice. 
  • 26. Action Tips: Be decisive! SOME CHOICE=GOOD MORE CHOICE= NOT BETTER! Restrict your choices and set up a time frame for you to analyze and make a firm decision.
  • 27. 4. The Lean Startup Productivity Lessons: Stop Spinning Your Wheels and Take a New Approach In his wonderful book, The Lean Startup, author Eric Ries describes the Lean Startup process = BUILD, MEASURE, LEARN.
  • 28. A00&r-)+, .& R)!$, /#+% $.#r.'p$ f#)( b!0#'$! ."!% .#*! .&& (&+, .& (#'+0" # pr&-'0. ."#. +&b&-% !+-$ 'p w#+.)+,.
  • 29. = A quick launch or BUILD + Measurement of results or MEASURE + Learning from the data or LEARN The Lean Startup Method A8!r .")$ pr&0!$$, R)!$ -!$0r)b!$ ."#. %&' 0#+ !)."!r p!r$!v!r! &r p)v&.. If ). )$ w&r*)+, %&' p!r$!v!r! #+- /&v! #"!#- #+- )f ). )$ +&., %&' p)v&. #+- -& $&/!.")+, -)ff!r!+..
  • 30. HOW CAN WE APPLY LESSONS FROM THE LEAN STARTUP TO OUR PRODUCTIVITY?
  • 31. Launch QUICKLY  TEST it out, MEASURE AND GATHER FEEDBACK Based on the feedback, you LEARNand then decide to make changes or go all out with what you have.
  • 32. Imagine the productivity boost you will receive if you were an ADAPTIVE learner and took quick action and were unafraid of metrics and feedback. Taking advantage of feedback to pivot or persevere gives you a tremendous productivity boost. 
  • 33. Action Tips: Take quick actions towards your initial prototype. Measure what you have accomplished by actual feedback from peers or customers. Pivot and change or persevere and move forward. ADAPTIVE LEARNING=MORE PRODUCTIVITY
  • 34. 5. Bust Through the Common Assumptions and Beliefs That Do Not Serve You “If %&' w#+. $&/!.")+, +!w, %&' "#v! .& $.&p -&)+, $&/!.")+, &(-”― P!.!r F. Dr'0*!r
  • 35. WE SEE LIFE THROUGH OUR FILTERS OF PERCEPTION AND BELIEF!
  • 36. OUR BELIEFS AND PERCEPTIONS CAN TUNNEL VISION OUR THINKING!
  • 37. DO YOU HAVE PRE- CONCEIVED IDEAS ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY? TASK IS EASY OR DIFFICULT...
  • 38. ENEMIES OF HAPPY PRODUCTIVITY= Fear, Doubt, Overwhelm, Procrastination and a Lack of confidence.
  • 39. TAKE charge of your thinking process, your emotions, your beliefs, behavior and address a lack of inspired action= You can be highly productive!
  • 40. LAUNCH UNINHIBITEDand UNLEASH THE POWER OF ACTIONTO BECOME HAPPILY PRODUCTIVE!
  • 41. Action Tips Become aware of assumptions and beliefs that you have prevented you to be happily productive. Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior and action power. By developing more inner-vibrance and by addressing fear, doubt, overwhelm and self-confidence, you open the field for happy and amazing productivity.
  • 42. 6. The Art of Creative Productivity “Y%' 0,$ $&v&r #%/v& , pr%b/&1 %$ !)& /&v&/ %$ w)"0) "! w,# 0r&,!&-.”― A/b&r! E"$#!&"$
  • 43. In an engaging and short TED talk, Derek Sivers says that the opposite of what we think might also be true somewhere else. The example he gives is that streets have names and city blocks do not in the US while in Japan, streets do not have names but blocks do.
  • 44. If %&' ()/). %&'r$!(f b% .")+*)+, )+ &+! p#r.)0'(#r w#%, %&' /#% b!+!1. b% .")+*)+, &f ."! &pp3).! #+- "&(-)+, ."! $!!/)+, &pp3).!$ .&,!."!r /#% #$$)$. %&' )+ 0r!#.)v! pr&-'0.)v).%.
  • 45. Cr!#.)v! Pr&-'0.)v).%= -&)+, .")+,$ )+ # +!w #+- +&v!( w#% #+- 0r!#.)+, v#('! f&r &."!r$. C&++!0. #+- 0&/b)+! -)ff!r!+. )-!#$ #+- #((&w ."!/ .& 0&(()-! )+ %&'r /)+-, /: #+- /#.0" #+- 0r!#.! $&/!.")+, +&v!( fr&/ ."! 0&/b)+#.)&+$. BE &p!+ .& %&'r 0r!#.)v).%= %&' "#v! ."! p&.!+.)#( &f 0r!#.)+, $&/!.")+, )++&v#.)v!.
  • 46. 7. Manage Energy, And Not Just Time MANAGING ENERGY IS VITAL FOR HAPPY PRODUCTIVITY!
  • 47. Happy Productivity= Manage your energy by working out, eating right, staying hydrated and feeling great
  • 48. Understand your natural rhythm and cycle for optimal productivity.
  • 49. When DO you have high energy and when you are able to work your best? What are some of the habits and processes that allow you to be productive?
  • 50. “W!’r! .r%)+, .& p'$" ."! b&'+-#r)!$ &f ."! w&r*p(#0!.” G&&,(! $p&*!$/#+, J&r-#+ N!w/#+ 8. Creatively Productive work spaces
  • 51. What does your work space look like? Does it reflectwho you are or does it make you feel like something is amiss?
  • 52. H#b).#. &r !+v)r&+/!+. p(#%$ # b), r&(! )+ )+$p)r!- pr&-'0.)v).%.
  • 53. In some of the most highly productive and Innovative companies, work spaces have been recognized to be vital for the continued creative and inspired productivity of the organization. The philosophy at Google is collaboration and innovation and their work spaces reflect that aspect of the company ideology. They make it very easy to talk and cross pollinate ideas.
  • 54. In the highly innovative company IDEO, workspaces are designed to collaborate, improvise, build, and iterate.
  • 55. In IDEO, There are carts with materials and objects to quickly prototype an idea, whiteboards and stick-it notes everywhere to engage in innovative brain storming.
  • 56. Action Tips: What does your workspace look like? Does it reflect your personality and allow you to be effortlessly productive? Take a few moments to reorganize your work space, declutter or add elements that inspire your productivity. Pay attention to various elements of your workspace such as color, tools, music and clutter. Do the various elements inspire you to be happily productive?
  • 57. W"#. -&!$ %&'r pr&-'0.)v).% $.r'0.'r! (&&* ()*!? D& %&' b!,)+ w&r*)+, #+- 0&+.)+'! w&r*)+, f&r 5.!+-!- p!r)&-$ &f .)/! w)."&'. .#*)+, br!#*$ #+- $/#(( )+.!rr'p.)&+$? 9. Increase Productivity by Scheduling and Taking short Breaks
  • 58. The study indicates that taking short breaks or brief diversions from a task increases focus and hence the productivity of a task. A recent study in the journal Cognition at the University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign by Lleras and Ariga attempts to answer the question whether breaks are essential or detrimental for keeping us focused on a task.
  • 59. Action Tips: You increase focus and productivity by taking short breaks or brief diversions. Work intensely for a certain period of time and then take a very short break, move around and divert your attention away from your work before getting back.
  • 60. 10. Take a walking meeting: productive change of surroundings Changing surroundings=MORE productivity?
  • 61. In Persuasion expert, Dr. B J Fogg’s tiny habits program, change of habits is facilitated by tiny actions and a change of context or environment. Changing the context or surrounding is a great way to inspire creative productivity and infuse your work with much required fresh air.
  • 62. I believe that changing the environment is a wonderful way to inspire and supercharge your productivity. IDEO uses this principle continuously. Workspaces CHANGE and environments are remodeled to stimulate innovation.
  • 63. In Business Innovator Nilofer Merchant’s TED talk, she suggests that the next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it a walking meeting and allow the ideas to flow as you walk
  • 64. WALKING MEETINGS= GREAT FOR HEALTH + GREAT FOR PRODUCTIVITY
  • 65. Ar! %&' $& )+v!$.!- )+ ."! &'.0&/! ."#. %&' #r! '+#b(! .& f&0'$ &+ -&)+, &."!r pr&7!0.$ #+- .#$*$? A+0)!+. w)$-&/ .!#0"!$ '$ ."#. w! $"&'(- +&. "!$).#.! .& .#*! #0.)&+, -& &'r v!r% b!$. w&r* #+- ."!+ r!()+q')$" &'r #..#0"/!+. .& ."! w&r*. 11. Detach yourself from the outcome, allow different versions of the answer
  • 66. SOW THE SEEDS AND TAKE OF YOUR FIELD AND THEN STOP OBSESSING ABOUT THE OUTCOME!
  • 67. LESS WORRY= MORE GREAT WORK= MORE PRODUCTIVITY
  • 68. In tibetan custom, elaborate mandalas or multicolor designs are made painstakingly for many days with colored sand. The final product is astonishing. However, after they have been completed, they are destroyed to depict the impermanence of life and the detachment that we need to bring to life.
  • 69. Action Tips: Worry less and do more. Become detached to the outcome of your work and spend the mental energy on another project Focus your time and attention on what you can do, improve and improvise. Let go of obsessing over the outcome of a project. Instead focus on making your work more amazing from feedback.
  • 70. If w! !+,#,! )+ &."!r -)$.r#0.)&+$ $& fr!q'!+.(% ."#. w! #r! '+#b(! .& f&0'$ &+ 0r!#.)v! pr&-'0.)v).%, ). /#% b! .)/! .& r!-'0! ."! -)$.r#0.)&+$. 12. Eliminate or minimize Excessive distractions
  • 71. Unitasking can be mindful, engaging, inspiring and highly satisfying. You may have entered into that amazing state of flow at some point in your life.
  • 72. A00&r-)+, .& Pr&f!$$&r M)"#(% C$)*;!+./)"#(%) fr&/ ")$ w&+-!r<( b&&* F(&w: “A..!+.)&+ )$ ()*! !+!r,% )+ ."#. w)."&'. ). +& w&r* 0#+ b! -&+!, #+- )+ -&)+, w&r* )$ -)$$)p#.!-. W! 0r!#.! &'r$!(v!$ b% "&w w! '$! .")$ !+!r,%. M!/&r)!$, ."&',".$ #+- f!!()+,$ #r! #(( $"#p!- b% "&w w! '$! ).. A+- ). )$ #+ !+!r,% '+-!r 0&+.r&(, .& -& w)." #$ w! p(!#$!; "!+0! #..!+.)&+ )$ &'r /3. )/p&r.#+. .&&( )+ ."! .#$* &f )/pr&v)+, ."! q'#().% &f 5p!r)!+0!.”
  • 73. Professor Csikszentmihalyi’s research suggests that doing what you like to do, developing high skill level, working at a high difficulty level or with challenges and being completely involved or focused causes the flow experience in our work.
  • 74. Flow states are intrinsically motivating because of the happiness and contentment generated and can inspire us towards great and meaningful productivity.
  • 75. Action Tips: Attempt to do tasks that you like to do and believe that you can do and eliminate excessive distractions in order to focus and unitask. Work on increasing skill level and take on challenges that make you practice at the edge of your ability to facilitate a deeply satisfying feeling of flow. Increase the incidence of such flow events to intrinsically inspire your productivity.
  • 76. Pr&-'0.)v).% )$ # pr&0!$$ ."#. +!!-$ # $.r'0.'r! w)." -)ff!r!+. !(!/!+.$ #+- p)!0!$ ."#. 1. .&,!."!r. Fr#/!w&r*:  W"#. "#b).$ -& %&' "#v! )+ p(#0! ."#. $'pp&r. %&'r pr&-'0.)v).%? 13. Productivity fostering Habits and Tools
  • 77. Do you have the right tools to be optimally productive?
  • 78. 14. Engagement One of the most important elements towards happy and inspired productivity is the level of engagement that you are able and willing to bring to the table. Are you willing to give it all you have and willing to go the extra mile to get the work done or are you going to quit and become demoralized at the first signs of failure?
  • 79. DO not allow FAILURE to crush you. If you are willing to engage the problem with enthusiasm, if you are not caught up with the perceptions and assumptions and perceived shame associated with failure, you give wings to your engagement and super-chargeyour productivity.
  • 80. Action Tips: Bring enthusiasm to your work and be willing to engage the problem. The level of inspired engagement that you are able to bring determines your ability to succeed through failure. Do not allow failure to crush you. Instead change the meaning that you give failure and turn up the volume of enthusiasm and inspired engagement.
  • 81. SUMMARY 1. Make productivity intentional by understanding what makes you tick: your skills, strengths and what you love to do and asking “why” you do what you are doing. 2. Generate a mini-power list of items that you need to be done today and complete them instead of working with a huge list and getting overwhelmed.   3. Attempt to not get tempted by the lure of unlimited choice. Some choice is great but more choice is not necessarily better. Restrict your choices somewhat and importantly set up a time frame for you to analyze and then to make a firm decision. 4. Take quick actions towards your initial prototype. Measure what you have accomplished by actual feedback from peers or customers. Pivot and change or persevere and move forward. In the long-term, your productivity will increase on long-term projects because you are an adaptive learner and action taker. 5. Bust through common assumptions and beliefs that are holding you back: Become aware of assumptions and beliefs that you have prevented you to be happily productive. Take charge of your thinking, emotions, behavior and action power. 6. Practice creative productivity and allow yourself to look at a problem from different perspectives. Allow your creativity to connect and combine novel ideas and look at opposites to be more creative. 7. Manage your energy, not just time: Having high energy levels and feeling great can make you happily productive. 8. Productive work spaces: Take a few moments to reorganize your work space, declutter it if needed and add elements that inspire your productivity. 9. Increase productivity by scheduling short breaks- work intensely for a certain period of time and then take a very short break, move around and divert your attention away from your work before getting back. 10. Take a walking meeting-change your surroundings for amazing productivity. 11. Detach yourself from the outcome: worry less, do more. Focus energy on doing great work, not worrying how it will turn out. 12. Eliminate or minimize distractions: do what you like to do, reduce distractions, unitask, work on your skills and at a high difficulty level to enter into a highly satisfying and inspiring state of flow. 13. Productivity fostering habits and tools: Set up your support structure, establish favorable habits and make sure you have the right tools to foster and increase productivity. 14. Engagement: Bring enthusiasm to your work and be willing to engage the problem. The level of engagement, navigation and management through failure will determine your level of happy and inspired productivity.
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