August 22, 2017

Penelope Trunk on Productivity

Penelope Trunk has a great post from yesterday with a few tips on productivity, and I have a few comments to make.

Her post mentions that a study from Robert Half International shows that we are most productive on Tuesday. One thing I want to mention about this is that I usually have more people show up for my teleclasses on Tuesday, and I have more readers to my blog on Tuesdays. So…this study might be true, and Tuesday may be the best day to market. I know that I usually send out press releases on Tuesday. If I send them on Monday, I miss the people who away for a long holiday, and if I send it later in the week, people are already checked out (I know I am.)

On the subject of decision making…she’s got that one nailed. I find that when I don’t go ahead in making a decision that my mind keeps going through a revolving door. “Should I do this? Should I not?” That question usually results in my spending time online for an hour or talking with people about the decision, and of course, we start talking about other things in the process. I recently decided to hire a company to help pitch me to some national radio stations, and I estimate that I spent 11 hours thinking about this darn decision when it should have been a no-brainer. Hmmm…I could have been lying in the bathtub, watching movies or filing my nails during that time.

On the subject of going to church. My grandmother went to church every Sunday of her life. I loved going with her, because I loved being with her and watching her being so happy about being at church (and we also would walk to a little cafe after church and buy cokes from the bottle…now I am dating myself). But…you know what…my grandmother was the most upbeat, optimistic person I knew (she sang and played the piano constantly), and she would always make something major on Monday…a dress, a great cake, a beautiful flower arrangement or something of beauty. I have to admit that I fight going to church. I would much rather lie in bed or go out to eat (my favorite hobby), but I also must admit that I am in a much better mood when I do go to church (which is about one time per month). My minister is a fabulous speaker, and I always run into someone I haven’t seen in a while, and I just feel better during the day. So, again…this one is probably true.

Treadmill in the office. Good suggestion there…if I just had room. I am an exercise nut. I go to the gym every day (to work off all of the eating out I do.) But really…I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am more productive when I work out. Blood flow and oxygen to the brain can really clear out my cobwebs, and I just move more quickly and get er done!

So…thanks Penelope for the great food for thought..

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