Three productivity ideas…

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from three productivity books 📚

I listen to audiobooks. A lot. I’m on my 12th so far this year:

  1. Stock Market Investing for Beginners - Daniel R. Chips
  2. Mountain Man - James Forrest
  3. Instagram Marketing 2020 - Jaimason Bixley
  4. Prisoners of Geography - Tim Marshall
  5. Who Moved My Cheese? - Dr Spencer Johnson
  6. Time Management - Chris Tracy, Brian Bailey
  7. Hyperfocus - Chris Bailey
  8. Indistractable - Nir Eyal, Julie Li
  9. The Triathlete’s Training Bible - Joe Friel
  10. Aesop’s Fables - Aesop
  11. The Wim Hof Method - Wim Hof
  12. The Complete Short Stories - J. G. Ballard

Listening to audiobooks at 1.5ˣ speed helps. I also find that with American narrators, up to 1.8ˣ usually works.

The three I’ve linked to are all productivity audiobooks. I’m always keen to learn more about this subject to increase my own productivity, and I love sharing what I learn with others to help them, too.

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Lessons learned

Time Management

The biggest lesson I learned from Time Management was about managing time spent with other people.

This is something I admittedly suffer with - expecting others to be as efficient as me, whether at work, home, or even out in public (think shops, public transport, etc). Other people just aren’t as passionate about being structured, well-planned, and systematic as me!

Ways to deal with other people:

  • Have a goal when meeting others - during work hours and in social interactions,
  • Share information or an agenda about a meeting in advance,
  • Have clear instructions and consequences around punctuality,
    • a friend of mine, as a rule, forces clients to re-arrange meetings if they’re more than 15 minutes late
  • Lead meetings when no-one wants to, to keep them on track.
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Hyperfocus

Ironically enough, the main lesson I took from Hyperfocus was that I need to be less focused, and have spurts of “Scatterfocus” throughout my day.

Scatterfocus is a concept that the author introduces as time set aside to purposefully let your mind wander, with nothing allocated in your schedule and nothing to focus on. It’s encouraged that we get outside, away from our place of work or away from our busy, stressful environment.

Mind-wandering gives you the chance to:

  • Conceive new ideas,
  • Recharge your mental energy,
  • Foster creativity.

Scatterfocus helps us set intentions and plan for the future - it’s impossible to set plans for the future when we’re totally immersed in the present. Our brains automatically start planning for the future when we rest and let go.

Being hyperfocused all day every day consumes our limited reserves of mental energy. Scatterfocusing for a while replenishes the supply of energy so we can focus for longer when we get back to our tasks.

Scatterfocus allows unrelated thoughts to float to the forefront of our minds, supercharging the connecting powers of our brains.

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Indistractable

Indistractable is a book, surprisingly, about attention and distraction. In it, I learned that as a species we’ve evolved to always be seeking out the new, the novel experiences. It’s hardwired in us to constantly improve.

There’s a conspiracy inside us to ensure that we’re never satisfied for long. Feeling content isn’t good for us - we work harder and strive further because we evolved to be perpetually bored and unsettled.

Dissatisfaction is responsible for our species’ advancements.

I’m trying to figure out why I’m never satisfied. Is it so I seek continuous improvement? 🤔

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Listen to these audiobooks

I have a subscription for Audible, an online audiobook service owned by Amazon.

If you’re new to Audible, I can gift you one free audiobook to try out. Let me know if you’d like me to send you one of these.

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