What I’m Reading This Week

Marguerite_Gérard_-_Lady_Reading_in_an_Interior_-_WGA8609At the beginning of a new year, many of us take the opportunity to “reset” and get clear on our goals for the year and what systems we will use to work toward those goals. I’m one of those people. In this spirit, this week’s articles are all about productivity.

How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.

First up is this article by Eric Barker. He offers 5 tips he got from his very busy and successful friend. What I like most about this article is the very straightforward language about what to do and not do. He really cuts to the heart of the matter and challenges us to be honest about the choices we make in how we spend our time. One of the first sentences is, “We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.” Yes, I AM lazy sometimes. Let’s just be honest about this! His advice is just as pithy.

A guy I ran across during my refocusing at the start of the year is Charlie Gilkey. He’s written many articles about productivity, as well as created free planner pages you can download to print and has a free monthly call. I found his perspective resonated with me. He’s worked for some years to figure out what really works, and also allows for individual needs and preferences.

50+ Better Questions To Ask Than How To Be More Productive

This great article to start with on his site suggests that’s not the right question and offers a list of other questions that really get to what it is you want to accomplish, rather than just getting more efficient.

3 Things To Do To Have A Productive and Fun Week

Here’s one last article on Charlie’s site I want to draw attention to. First, I just like the title. We don’t talk enough about having fun. Even while I’m trying to be more productive, I still want to have some fun, darn it! As Charlie says, “Otherwise, it’ll seem like you’re always working and not really having enjoyable experiences – this leads to burnout.” I’d like to move past the laziness. Well, at least most of it. A little laziness sometimes is exactly what I need. But I don’t want to move all the way to burnout, so I want to stay mindful of having a little fun every week.

In this article, Charlie talks about the four pillars of meaningful action, sharing some actionable bits. Check it out and see if you enjoy it as much as I did.

As I said, Charlie has a lot of content on his site and it can feel a little overwhelming. If you’d like to check some of it out but aren’t sure where to start, try going to his master page on productivity. On this page, he’s organized many of his articles into categories so you can work your way through whichever areas appeal to you.

In the comments, share any articles or tips you have about staying productive. I can use as many as I can get! 🙂