This interview gives a good indication on how to increase your productivity, creativity multiple-fold.
Darren Hardy Interview with Alex Mendossian – The Productivity Guy!
Learning Lessons from the Interview: (as interpreted & understood by me)
We are an over communicated and over marketed society. We need to eliminate Interruptions.
Define you day in spurts – No interruptions (50 minute segments) 3 per day.
During this time
– Turn off your phone
– Turn off your e-mails
– Shut your door
Take your workplace seriously even when you are working from home.
- Create an environment with little more formality.
- Define the rules of the game – with employees, vendors etc.
- 50 minute spurts which are fully focused – NO INTERRUPTIONS
- It is your productivity time
- Get a Count-down timer – 50 minutes work – 10 minute break
In the 10 Minute break write down all the ideas that come, after the intense focus and write them down on Index Cards. Ideas can become interruption so write them down and set them aside to use later. For this 10 minute break do not be in front of the computer at all.
Each Week – 4, 50 minute segments giving your 12,000 seconds per week. You get into the momentum and then you are in a flow state. Start with 4-50 minute segments per week.
Handling emails after time off
Create a Choice – Auto responder
Currently on extended absence (give reason). Will be back on ________. All emails that I get until then will be deleted. Unless this is an “Absolute dire emergency” call so & so……..give a phone number.
You are in control – ACTION MANAGEMENT
For Voice Mail – “This mail box does not accept any messages when on vacation and people need to call back later”
The attention span for an average person has gone from 20 minutes to 9 seconds. We have attention span of a Gold Fish.
We need to give less access to outside world.
SHORT ATTENTION SPAN> DUE TO LACK OF FOCUS> RESULTS IN TOO MANY TASKS TO BE DONE IN FOREGROUND> LEADS TO OVERWHELM
It is about being PRIVATE! Giving less access to the World. Become less accessible. This what Billionaires do – ACT LIKE A BILLIONAIRE.
Let go of “YES” mentality.