You are in the right place if you are looking for ideas to improve your productivity, planning and organisation.
This is the fourth blog post in a series on the top 9 productivity hacks.
There are hundreds of productivity hacks out there. Most will work in one way or another, but will depend on what you are looking for. The ones we are interested in will work for all areas of your life, work or personal.
Only the ones that are quick and easy to implement and have proven great results have made it onto the list.
At the end of the series I’ll post them all together in an overview.
Productivity hack 4 – Be like Zammo – “Just Say No”
Maybe that Grange Hill reference is showing my age too much! (Here is a link to the children’s TV show that was a great part of my youth if you are remotely interested). It’s got nothing to do with Productivity but hey, the phrase works!
If so then it is time to start being difficult. No more Mrs Nice Girl.
“Let today mark a new beginning for you. Give yourself permission to say NO without feeling guilty, mean, or selfish. Anybody who gets upset and/or expects you to say YES all of the time clearly doesn’t have your best interest at heart. Always remember: You have a right to say NO without having to explain yourself. Be at peace with your decisions.” ―
Clear the cr*p
“One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity. – Bruce Lee
Email scheduling template
Phone call rebuttal
Face to face meeting rebuttal
Let them ask you to do a new task
Say “I’d love to handle that, but could you please look at this?”
Show them your task list
Say “which of these tasks would you like to delay to make time for this one?”
Wait for their response