10 Commandments of Productivity

productivity Mar 21, 2022

Before I reveal my ten commandments of productivity, you need to know that I did not ascend to some holy mountain to talk to the God of the universe to get these. They came entirely from my brain (and thus are nowhere near as good as the Original 10!).

And my wife thought it would be fun if I started every commandment with "thou shalt" to add a little pizzazz into the list. So let's jump right in.

Commandment number one: thou shalt tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went. Always, always, always tell your time where to go. I don't care if you're on vacation or if you're going to chill and binge-watch TV all day. Take a moment to tell your time where to go.

Commandment number two: thou shalt not over plan. That call will run late, and that Zoom meeting is going to start late. You know those two-hour windows the repairman gives you? He is going to show up late. So allow your plan to breathe.

Commandment number three: thou shalt eliminate as many distractions as possible. While you can't eliminate all distractions, eliminate as many as you can because distractions kill your productivity.

Commandment number four: thou shall avoid negativity. Negativity is everywhere: TV, social media, and from the mouths of people all day long as much as you can, distance yourself from negativity.

Commandment number five: thou shalt harness the power of accountability. There is no need for you to do life alone. Get a partner and agree to hold each other accountable. That way, when you're having a weak day, there's somebody that can boost you up.

Commandment number six: thou shalt not make it all about work. You get 24 hours a day. Have some fun. Watch some silly TV shows or videos. Tell a funny joke. When's the last time you laughed so hard snot came out of your mouth, or you had trouble breathing? Life can't be all about work. Yes, you should work hard, but you should also have fun.

Commandment number seven: thou shalt take micro-breaks. What's a micro-break? It's when you get up from wherever you're working and walk outside. (Yes, outside.) I don't care if it's hot or cold. If it's thundering and lightning, don't go out and hold a metal pole! But get away from your work area. Doing this gets your body moving. And when you get outside, don't think about what you're working on, what you're going to work on, what you worked on, or who you have to call. Just be quiet. Take some deep breaths and be present—Micro-breaks last five to 10 minutes max.

Commandment number eight: thou shall accept that new technologies and new tools may not make you productive. A shiny new app, journal, or pen may not make you more productive. Just because your friends are using it or because it's getting a lot of buzz doesn't mean it will help you be more productive.

Commandment number nine: thou shalt not make excuses. Stop with the excuses. Excuses are never going to solve your problem. Take a look at Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Tony Robbins, or Oprah Winfrey. Do you think they got to where they are today by making excuses? A spoiler alert. No, they didn't.

Commandment number 10: thou shalt be a student of productivity. I'm known as Mister Productivity, but I'm always striving to learn new ways to be more productive. And not just from other experts like myself. Sometimes, quite often actually, I learn new ideas from someone who's not even in my field. So, keep your opportunity antennas up. Always be a student of productivity.

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