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Quote Week, Day 5: Productivity

I have been trying to become more productive and organized for quite a while now, but one of the things that has helped me is 4 quotes. They are taped to the side of the monitor in my office (and before this job, they were taped to the side of my monitor at home). I’ll probably bring that exact same, slightly wrinkled paper back to Missouri with me when the time comes.

Here are the quotes, along with my thoughts.

Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing. Phil Jackson

Whenever you are really working, in the groove, it feels great. It even feels good later, when you are reflecting on what you did and accomplished.

It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing. George Washington

I struggle as much as anyone with distraction, most of it coming from the internet. (One of my friends just started a blog about all the stuff she’s learned on Wikipedia, and I can spend hours clicking around that site!) But this quote reminds me that I can get more done in 30 minutes of focused working than in a day of half-work, half-play. I am getting better at staying on task, but I have lapses.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg

How often do we let other people decide how we will spend our own time? It is hard to say no, but I think there are time when we need to be selfish with our time. To protect our families, our sanity, and our dreams.

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. Winifred Holtby

…and yet, how much time do we spend pursuing other aims, often because of other people and other pressures?

Question of the Day

What are your strategies for staying focused and accomplishing your ToDo list?


5 thoughts on “Quote Week, Day 5: Productivity

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  4. Daniel Hargett

    15 Nov on 2008 at 20:17

    My strategy is to make lists of stuff to do everyday. I mark them off when I get them done that day, so not only do I accomplish the tasks, but I have a list to look at all week that gets marked off and seeing that makes me feel even more like I’ve accomplished something. Even though I try to computerize as much of my life as possible, I still use paper for this list because then i’m forced to look at it whether I use the computer or not

    • xgravity23

      16 Nov on 2008 at 0:04

      @Daniel Hargett – Yep, lists are very powerful productivity tool, for sure. And I agree with you on using paper for a to do list. I’ve tried to use websites for everyday stuff, but for me, those sites (RTM/IWantSandy/ToDoist) work better for managing projects and irregular tasks. Paper is king for daily to-do lists.