Monthly Archives: November 2014

Productivity Tips that Never Work (For Me)

Productivity Tips that Never Work (For Me)

There are so many productivity tips on the Internet that, if each one was turned into a coin, it would fill up Scrooge McDuck’s Duck Tales vault. And yet why aren’t more people more productive? Why hasn’t the world turned into a utopia of uber-productive, overachieving individuals?

I read the same tips that you do (probably more), and I’ve also tried the same ones you have (again, probably more). Now, I can’t speak for why you’re still a chronic underachiever, but I know why I am.

A lot of the tips just don’t work.

They don’t work for me, that is (so don’t burn me at the stake just yet). I’m going to share a few of the productivity tips I tried, as well as my thoughts on why they didn’t work. If you have a different analysis, please share it in the comments. I’ll have a bonus for you at the end.

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Don’t Want to Suck? Pick Your Training Partners Wisely

Coaches and mentors are a great help for improving your skills, but most of us don’t have access to one. And even those who do need someone closer to their skill level with whom they can practice (unless you enjoy getting beat up by your sensei every time you spar).

Your training partner is going to have a very strong influence on your progress. So you have to be sure you’ve paired up with the right person. To butcher a popular saying, “you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your training partners.”
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