Stop reading, Start applying

Every year, hundreds of books get published that claim to have the magic method that will solve all your productivity issues. Thousands (millions?) of articles get written on the topic. These materials are read by plenty of well-meaning people seeking to become just a little bit more efficient at work, or looking to achieve a better work-life balance.

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Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.”

Allegedly a Chinese proverb

The sentence that often accompanies procrastination is “I will do it tomorrow.” In this case, tomorrow is not the next day but that mythical destination where all human creativity, effort and productivity resides. If you think really hard you can almost feel it. Infact, you are sure with just a little more time you will be able to reach it. So does everyone else. So far, no one has reached it.

Never underestimate the power you have over what happens today
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There is always time to Plan

One of the most dangerous mindsets for productivity is the belief that you are too busy to plan. Nothing could be more damaging to achieving your goals than not having a plan. A popular refrain goes “A goal without a plan is merely a wish.” A plan is the bridge that turns your goals into reality.

When you say you do not have time to plan, what you are really saying is:

  1. Your goal is not important enough for you to take the time to write down the steps needed to achieve it.
  2. You do not have any priorities therefore you might as well not commit to anything.
  3. You are willing to let others dictate what you will work on during the week.
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