#065: Triple Your Productivity Tomorrow [Podcast]

What if you could reduce the hours you spend working by 50%, and yet still be three times as productive? What if you could do that starting tomorrow? You can. And that’s what today show is all about-how to triple your productivity tomorrow.

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Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)

For a couple of years I worked in the insurance business. I was very young, and I was the newest agent in the office. Al, the seasoned gray-headed veteran of the business, decided to take me under his wing.

“You’ll get a lot of raw raw from management,” Al told me one day, “but I can show you how things really work around here. And you can make a lot of money.”

Pretty soon, I had begun to hang around Al and his buddies more often than not, and had begun to adapt their attitude. Cynical, jaded, laced with lots of sarcastic comments.

One day my manager, Frank, took me to lunch. As we were eating, he casually remarked, “I’m not sure hanging out without is in your best interest.”

“But he’s just trying to help me,” I said. I was a bit naïve in those days. “And after all, he’s got 30 years of experience with this company.”

Frank chuckled.

“No, Ray,” he said. “He’s got one year of experience, and he’s repeated it 30 times.”

Frank’s comment had a real impact on me, because I instantly knew he was telling the truth. The next day, I decided to have my morning coffee with one of the younger agents in the office named Richard. Richard had been with the company only five years, but he was the top salesman in the office. Al’s group of buddies regarded Richard with disdain, and now I knew why.

Who we hang out with, and whose wisdom we listen to, determines the kind of person we will become.

Feature Segment: Triple Your Productivity Tomorrow

Have you ever noticed that when you’re going on vacation, the week before you leave is incredibly productive? Somehow you managed to get a couple of weeks ahead on your work, a couple of weeks ahead on all of your bill paying and chores around the house, you get your itinerary planned for the two week shall be on vacation, plus you get all the packing in preparation for the trip finished. How do you do that?

If you could harness that “magic”, you’d probably be three times as productive as you normally are. The good news is, I believe any of us can do exactly that. And on this show, I’m giving you a blueprint for how to wake up three times as productive tomorrow morning. Let’s get started.

  The 3X Productivity Blueprintt

  1. Do a mind sweep
  2. Identify tomorrow’s “must do’s”
  3. Put those on your task list, in order of priority
  4. Store your mind sweep safely
  5. Review tomorrow’s appointments
  6. Plan the time required to accomplish “must do’s”
  7. Go to bed early; get up early
  8. First thing tomorrow, drink 16 ounces of water
  9. Take time to connect with your creator, and your purpose
  10. Exercise for 30 minutes
  11. Arrive at work one hour earlier than normal
  12. Focus on live number one from your list
  13. Continue until complete; moved to next item
  14. Short circuit interruptions today
  15. Take a break, moved to the rest of your list
  16. Deal with backlog
  17. Have your “got a minutes”
  18. Get to inbox zero
  19. Deal with loose ends
  20. Delegate everything left over
  21. Make tomorrow’s task list, plan tomorrow’s schedule

Simply repeat this procedure every day from now on.

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7 thoughts on “#065: Triple Your Productivity Tomorrow [Podcast]

  1. I’m a new subscriber who discovered you via the post on Stephen King. I started to skip this podcast, thinking it wouldn’t apply to me: a writer who works at home. Except…the 3X Productivity was a killer hook. I want to be 3X more productive, too! Glad I listened. It does apply. I’m tweaking a couple of the 21 points to fit my work circumstances, and am eager to try these! Thanks, Ray.

  2. This is an absolute killer list Ray! I’ve already applied quite a few of these and working exclusively from home some of them don’t apply quite as directly but I’m so excited to apply some of the ones I don’t already and even tweak some of the ones I thought I was doing well.

    This will be a podcast I have to re-listen to!

    Thanks so much for simplifying what so many make complex! I really appreciate you.

  3. Ray,
    Fantastic Podcast. I’ve had several of these strategies in place, but needed to re-up my game.
    Mark Goulston has this great book called “Just Listen,” and in it he talks about handling those “Got-a-minute-meetings.” He has a well-crafted way of responding that I love:

    “Bob, what you are saying is much too important for me to give it less than my undivided attention, which I can’t give you now because I’m in the middle of something that I’ve got to finish. So, what I’d like you to do is come back…(whenever your schedule allows)…when I’ll be able to give you all of my attention for five minutes, and then I can help you with what’s on your mind. But in the meantime, think of what you want to tell me, and what you’d like me to do, and whether it’s possible given the reality of our company.”

    That’s the long version, but the first sentence is a great way to value the person and the important tasks that you have committed to focus on.
    Thanks again Ray,
    Aaron

  4. Love it Ray. I just printed out the list and am getting started on the mind sweep. Good stuff, thanks for the wisdom!