I love productivity hacks. If you poke around, you’ll find plenty of clever tips and tools that are supposed to help you get more stuff done in less time. You’ll read fascinating articles on the topic at Inc., CNN, and Forbes, not to mention whole sections of sites like Lifehacker. To an organizational leader, the idea of squeezing extra results out of limited time is alluring. Sadly, I’ve often gotten so wrapped up in playing with productivity techniques that I’ve failed at being productive.
Many years ago, I heard the inimitable Merlin Mann say, “Don’t get so hung up fine-tuning your process that you never get any actual work done” (or something very much like that). I really should have paid attention.
If you’re looking to amp up your productivity by trying out some new techniques, here are a few things to keep in mind (to which I can testify from personal experience)… [Read more…]