We recently hosted a Mailplane giveaway here and we are proud to announce the winners. It definitely wasn’t easy selecting the winners because we received a lot of great tips, but there can only be three winners. Jeroen, Dave and Claire are the winners and they have been contacted with their Mailplane license.
We asked the participants to leave their best productivity tip and we want to highlight the winning tips because they are very good and we think everyone can benefit from them.
#1 Take Responsibility
The first one is from Jeroen:
The biggest and single most important tip/realization for me has been to start taking full responsibility for everything that happens to me, good AND bad. I used to be “bounced around by externals”, being very reactive, never really setting my own path. The idea that I was responsible for my own choices, my own actions and my own outcomes quickly became very empowering.
Feeling (and being ;-) ) fully responsible forces you to take a good and honest look at what you want and what you are doing to get it. No one’s going to accomplish your dreams (or tick off your to do’s). If your inbox is always overflowing, find a way to manage it. If you never seem to “have” the time to do stuff you want, set aside time to do them. You are boss, make it happen.
I have found that feeling of proactivity (or self-efficacy or agency, etc.) extremely motivating. I’ve seen the concept in several articles & case-studies here on AE over the last year, which has definitely helped to keep me on track. Thanks!
We wholeheartedly agree with his tip. We have mentioned throughout the whole website (like here and our in case studies) how important taking full responsibility for everything is an empowering place to come from – especially when it comes to managing your life and time.
#2 Know, Do and then Be.
The next tip comes from Dave who harnesses the power of habits and awareness:
Momentum, Habits, Routines, Rituals. Whatever you call them, the best way to be “productive” is to be the kind of person that doesn’t need to force himself to be productive. We can do great work without tools, software, schedules, or tricks.
When I wake up in the morning, I read a few notes that I’ve scribbled down and edited over the last couple of years. Just notes that ask the questions that I need to ask myself daily. The answers may change, but the questions remain constant.
“What do you want most? (You can only want one thing most)”
“What activities will give your life meaning today?”
“How will you make the right thing to do the easy thing to do?”
Nothing’s more crucial than to be mindful of who you are and what you are doing.
We really like this tip because it emphasizes how important the inner game aspect of productivity is (it is often overlooked by people and not mentioned a lot in the productivity space). It’s important once a while to zoom out and look at your life from 50,000 feet so you can see if you are heading in the right direction. Before you start your day, make sure to add this tip to your morning routine. It will make all the difference on how the rest of your day will look like.
Last but not least, Claire’s tip on self-management is of huge importance for improving your personal productivity:
What I’ve found most important in being productive is taking care of myself. Eating well, sleeping well, and exercising are not overrated! If I’m tired and hungry, there’s not much point in trying to get things done, because I just can’t focus or be efficient. I don’t exercise often, but I notice a huge difference in my motivation and mental energy when I manage to do even a bit of cardio for a few days… so yeah, I gotta do better at that!
The tip is simple but oh so true: the better you take care of yourself, the more productive you will be. We have mentioned before how important sleep and exercise are for your productivity, and in the near future we will be go more in depth how nutrition affects productivity. Spoiler: it’s equally important as sleep and exercise – they are all connected. However, for now you can take away that how well you eat is hugely important for productivity.
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