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"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."
-Paul J. Meyer
We live in a culture that thrives on staying 'busy,' but being 'busy' does not mean that you are productive. Productivity is not an accident; it requires intentionality. Changing habits is the key to increasing productivity. Creating systems to automate tasks and focus on bigger goals are key. In a world filled with an endless amount of distractions, those systems become pertinent to our ability to develop intentionality to our day. There are SO many productivity hacks that are out there and you have to find what works for you, but I wanted to provide what has worked for me/us, so here's my 'Top 10' list:
The purpose of these hacks it to focus your day on the most important things; your big goals and activities that align with your values. Behavioral psychologist and author of 'Atomic Habits,' James Clear explains that, "Your brain prunes away connections between neurons that don't get used and builds up connections that get used more frequently. Synaptic pruning occurs with every habit you build as your brain builds a strong network of neurons to support your current behaviors. The more you do something, the stronger and more efficient the connection becomes." Clear argues you can take advantage of the "very strong habits and connections that you take for granted each day" to build new habits. An individual's productivity hinges on mental energy and a sense of internal & external motivation. It often emerges naturally from 'work' that they find inherently meaningful or valuable.
"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." -Stephen Covey
Don't be busy, be productive!
Brandon & Amanda