Small changes, big change

Some things I’ve changed over the last few weeks to up my productivity:

1. Start each day with a bit of prayer and reading

– helps me focus on what’s important
– gives me peace to know I’m where God wants me to be

2. Start my day at the office with a list of things that need to be done

– write down my to-to list as the ideas come up
– re-write in order of priority
– allocate a time frame to each item
– schedule in my Google Calendar
– get the stuff done

3. Find a creative outlet

– i need to be away from my Macbook during the day, even if it’s just walking around our auditorium and dreaming of what could be
– i started surfing (at 34) two weeks ago. Only been in the water twice but it’s been so good for me

4. Buy a bigger coffee mug

– bigger mug means less trips to the kitchen, which means more time at my desk, which means more productivity

5. Get out of the office

– kind of ties in with finding a creative outlet, but involves me getting out and having a meal or coffee with someone

6. Don’t check email first thing in the day

– i’ve experienced this far too often. I’ll have my day planned out, all items diarized. I check my mail and everything else goes for a ball of ‘dingis’. (a good old Afrikaans word which means poop)
– i also try my best (getting there slowly) to check my mail three times a day; at 9am, 1pm and 3:30pm
– i’ve also disabled push-email to my BB. When i feel like it I’ll go and check to see if i have mail thank you

That’s about it for now.
Hope some of these things help you get stuff done. I’m not nearly where I want to be, but I’m heading in the right direction. I hope. 🙂

Guys I’ve learned stuff from:

Ron Edmondson

Michael Hyatt

Cheers, Jakes