Puff your chest out and strike a superhero pose. You’re Super Productivity Person! Sigh, that’s not very catchy is it?
Also, to be fair, probably neither you nor your consulting firm are achieving legendary productivity day in and day out. You could, though, using the approach outlined below.
Productivity isn’t as sexy a superpower as x-ray vision*, stretchy skin, or spidey senses.*
On the other hand, sky-high productivity feels pretty darn good and rewards you and your consulting firm with high profits, meaningful work, and enviable work/life balance.
So, how do you step up to the Mt. Olympus of productivity?
If you run a quick search on time management and productivity techniques, you’ll surface dozens of approaches. (Hover your mouse here to see some examples.)
It turns out that virtually all of the many, many productivity approaches and systems are built to help you answer a handful of basic questions:
The Basic Productivity Questions
- Are you focused on the right stuff?
- If you’re focused on the right stuff, are you sure you need to do it?
- No, seriously, do YOU need to do it? (Probably not.)
- What on that list of right stuff that you, personally, need to do should you be doing now?
- How are you going to get yourself to do the right stuff now instead of, say, checking your email again, looking up the net worth of Coco Channel in 1969, or playing Hexcell?
Every approach and system that helps you answer those five questions can work. Which prompts a couple of new, more important questions for you and your consulting firm:
The More Important Productivity Questions
- Why are there so many productivity systems?
- Why doesn’t your system work at a superhero level for you or your consulting firm?
Of course, you suspect that the reason there are so many productivity systems is that none of the systems you try actually work consistently and sustainably. And you deserve to know why.
Look, I love you. You read my articles, you forgive my puns, and you occasionally write a comment. So, I’m going to tell you straight. Friend to friend. Writer to reader.
My friend, you don’t always live up to your promises. You’re occasionally unreliable. You say you’re going to consistently implement a productivity program, but after a few weeks or months, you let it slide.
That’s not really your fault, though, because you weren’t pushed to answer the most important, game-changing productivity question of all:
The Superhero Productivity Question
Hey sidekick, where are my strength-boosting tights and bullet-proof onesie?
To become Super Productivity Person, you need a sidekick!
You need to make someone else responsible for your superpowers.
This is the idea I call “Walking the dog backwards.”
Empower multiple helpers to run your productivity system. Assistants, colleagues, automated reminders, phone calls and other external prompts that hold you accountable, encourage you, cajole you and keep you on track.
Once and for all, you and your consulting firm can become paragons of productivity by following two steps:
Step #1: Choose a system. Any system.
Step #2: Appoint a “sidekick” for yourself, personally, and for your consulting firm. Make other people responsible for your discipline. For running your productivity system. For ensuring you’re doing the right, urgent stuff now.
Boom! You’re a superhero before you even count to three.
What time management system do you use, and do you enlist help to be productive?
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