Posts Tagged ‘productivity’

The E-myth

Posted: March 2, 2015 in book
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  1. The E-Myth and the American Business
    1. The Entrepreneurial Myth
    2. The Entrepreneur, The Manager and the Technician
    3. Infancy : The Technician Phase
    4. Adolescence : Getting some phase
    5. Beyond the Comfort Zone
    6. Maturity and the Entrepreneurial Perspective
  2. The Turn Key Revolution : A New view of Business
    1. The Turn Key Revolution
    2. The Franchise Prototype
    3. Working for your Business, not in it.
  3. Building a Small Business that works
    1. Your Business Development Process
    2. Your Business Development Program
    3. Your Primary Aim
    4. Your Strategic Objective
    5. Your Organizational Strategy
    6. Your Management Strategy
    7. Your People’s Strategy
    8. Your Marketing Strategy
    9. Your System Strategy
    10. A Letter to Sarah
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Getting things done

Posted: March 2, 2015 in self
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  1. The Art of Getting things done
    1. A New Practice for a New reality
    2. Getting control of your life : The five stages of mastering work flow
    3. Getting projects creatively under way: The five phases of Project Planning
  2. Practicing Stress free productivity
    1. Getting Started :Setting up the time, space and tools
    2. Collection : Coralling your stuff
    3. Processing : Getting “In” to Empty
    4. Organizing : Setting up the right bucket
    5. Reviewing : Keeping your System functional
    6. Doing : making the best action choices
    7. Getting projects under control.
  3. The power of key principles
    1. The power of the collection habit
    2. The power of next action decision
    3. The power of outcome focussing
    4. Conclusion
Two objectives
  1. Capturing all things,
  2. Disciplining yourself :- “To get the input , to let the output”
  1. The power in a karate punch comes from speed , not muscle.
  2. Controlling the open loops in there lives.
  3. Anything that does not belong where it is, the way it is, is an “open loop” pulling on your attention.
Managing commitments well requires the implementation of some basic activities and behaviors:-
• First of all, if it’s on your mind, your mind isn’t clear. Anything you consider unfinished in any way must be captured in a trusted system outside your mind, or what I call a collection bucket, that you know you’ll come back to regularly and sort through.
• Second, you must clarify exactly what your commitment is and decide what you have to do, if anything, to make progress toward fulfilling it.
• Third, once you’ve decided on all the actions you need to take, you must keep reminders of them organized in a system you review regularly.
 “In knowledge work . . . the task is not given; it has to be determined. ‘What are the expected results from this work?’ is . . . the key question in making knowledge workers productive.” And it is a question that demands risky decisions. There is usually no right answer; there are choices instead. And results have to be clearly specified, if productivity is to be achieved.”
 Outcome thinking is one of the most effective means available for making wishes reality.
 
Most often, the reason something is “on your mind” is that you want it to be different than it currently is, and yet:
• you haven’t clarified exactly what the intended outcome is;
• you haven’t decided what the very next physical action step is; and/or
• you haven’t put reminders of the outcome and the action required in a system you trust.
 
 
 
Here’s how I define “stuff”: anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but for which you haven’t yet determined the desired outcome and the next action step.
Instead, the key to managing all of your “stuff” is managing your actions.
not ::— managing time, managing information, or managing priorities
it might amaze you to discover how many next actions for how many projects and commitments remain undetermined by most people. It’s extremely difficult to manage actions you haven’t identified or decided on. Most people have dozens of things that they need to do to make progress on many fronts, but they don’t yet know what they are. And the common complaint that “I don’t have time to ” (fill in the blank) is understandable because many projects seem overwhelming—and are overwhelming because you can’t do a project at all! You can only do an action related to it. Many actions require only a minute or two, in the appropriate context, to move a project forward
There is no reason ever to have the same thought twice, unless you like having that thought.
 
 

The knowledge that we consider knowledge proves itself in action. What we now mean by knowledge is information in action, information focused on results.

“It seems that there’s a part of our psyche that doesn’t know the difference between an agreement about cleaning the garage and an agreement about buying a company”
“The value of goals is not in the future they describe, but the change in perception of reality they foster.”
“Use your mind to think about things, rather than think of them. You want to be adding value as you think about projects and people, not simply reminding yourself they exist.”
“The great secret about goals and visions is not the future they describe but the change in the present they engender.”
“You don’t actually do a project; you can only do action steps related to it. When enough of the right action steps have been taken, some situation will have been created that matches your initial picture of the outcome closely enough that you can call it “done.”
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”

work the system

Posted: March 2, 2015 in book
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“There are things i must do right now, and there is barely the time or money or energy to do them. I will bulldoze my way through these tasks, and as usual , they will be completed just in time – but the results will be of marginal quality , and my body and mind will continue to be stretched to the breaking point. I ‘m tired and stressed and can’t seem to shake free of living on the edge, and i worry about my frame of mind and my health. There is too much chaos around me, too little control, and never enough money – things are far from what they should be……………. “

4 hour work week

Posted: March 2, 2015 in book
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It is vain to do with more what can be done with less.
—WILLIAM OF OCCAM (1300–1350), originator of “Occam’s Razor”

Here are two truisms to keep in mind:

1. Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.
2. Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important.
There are two synergistic approaches for increasing productivity that are inversions of each other:

1. Limit tasks to the important to shorten work time (80/20).
2. Shorten work time to limit tasks to the important (Parkinson’s Law).
Do not multi-task.

“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”

“People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty.”

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

“The question you should be asking isn’t, “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” but “What would excite me?”

“Learn to be difficult when it counts. In school as in life, having a reputation for being assertive will help you receive preferential treatment without having to beg or fight for it every time.”

“SOMEDAY” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you!

What we fear doing most is what we need to do

There is no less time, but lack of priority.