Hi Mike, I guess for me productivity means learning to deal with the high level right down to ground level.
At high level I’m thinking about vision and mission statements…don’t find that easy. Then setting goals. Really helped by some thinking that you’ve been doing on the 12 week year. So I divide the year into Q1, 2, 3, 4 and then try and work out what my goals are for that period. Just coming to the end of Q2 now.
At a lower level I have to manage staff and seek to help them with productivity. That can be hard, especially when people think they are better than they are. Much easier to help someone who says, ‘Look I’m rubbish at keeping a diary, can you help?’ Also I have to keep reminding myself to do the stuff that only I can do. I’m way too easily drawn into the weeds.
Finally at ground level it’s a question of managing my working week. I learnt early to take a day off - so I can manage my time. Much harder to manage emotional energy so that I don’t come to my day off so exhausted that I can’t hold a conversation with my wife.
Also at ground level I’ve just started to use a hybrid system - thanks Justin Dirose and that has been working so well. Way too easy to put things on a digital list and then not look at them. Somehow it’s really natural to sit with a Moleskine and a cup of tea and just ponder.
Sorry long answer!