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Productivity in Student Leadership

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Courtney Drew

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Productivity in Student Leadership




How would you define "productivity?"
what works for you?
doing more with less
a drew production
Carthage College
Spring FLAME '14
What are some barriers to productivity?
How do you feel when you're able to generate, create, enhance -- when you're productive?
the quality, state or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.
disclaimer: success does not come easy for nearly anyone. it is
not easy
. we must
for it.
Adapted from:
"The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People"
by Greg McKeown
If I can fit it in,
I should.
4 myths that
kill productivity
I should only sleep 4 hours a night.
Play is a waste of time.
I need to focus on the competition.
The truth of the matter:
Overloading causes you undue stress, and stretches you too thin. Challenge yourself to cut down to the things you consider
most important
The truth of the matter:
Successful people rest well so they can achieve their
peak performance
The truth of the matter:
"Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement." - Sir Ken Robinson

Play is essential to tap into creativity.
The truth of the matter:
When we focus on others, we lose sense of ourselves. We think too hard about our deficits and forget about our unique talents. When we focus on our skills, we are more confident & productive.
Adapted from:
"4 Time Management Steps to Double Your Productivity at Work."
by Brian Tracy
4 steps to "add"
time to your day
Early to bed,
Early to rise.
Work in "off" times.
Think: one hour earlier
And... one hour later.
know the busy times of your favorite places to work, and avoid them like the plague.

another thought:
like hanging out with buddies? do your work while they are busy (class, work, etc).
if you can get to sleep a little earlier, and pull yourself out of bed earlier as well, you're "gaining" extra time in your schedule.

not a morning person? get up and go for a walk first. exercise
activates your brain
think of all of the work you can do in one hour if it's uninterrupted.

can you:
head to class early?
get to work before your shift?
reserve a room for your organization an hour before your scheduled meeting?
two extra hours of productivity x 5 days per week = 10 hours per wk.

10 hours per wk x 52 wks per year = 520 "additional hours" per year!
(that's an "additional" three months)

Brian Tracy,
The Psychology of Time Management
Adapted from:
"5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive."
by James Altucher
5 Ways to Do Nothing
& Become More Productive
Do nothing when you're angry.
Do nothing when you're paranoid.
Do nothing when you're anxious.
Do nothing when you're tired.
Do nothing when you want to be liked.
"anger is just an outer reflection of inner fear. The fear might be correct, but the anger blurs it."
"sleep hygiene is the best way to improve productivity in your life. Not beating your head against a computer."
how many times have we done something that we don't particularly want to do, just because we want someone to like us? do we feel that sense of accomplishment? -- more likely, resentment.
Paranoia is different from fear.
Ask yourself: what's really going on here?
What's the deeper issue?
Do not act until you've settled on a decent answer.
If you feel and hear your heart pounding in your chest, you're too anxious to make a clear decision.
Take three slow, deep breaths.
27 things you can do in 5 minutes
alex cavoulacos
If you're overwhelmed by work
If you're
seeking balance
If you're trying to build a network.
If you
want to declutter
If you want to advance your career
Make sure your to do list is up to date, and do a quick gut check to make sure you've been spending time on what's most important.
Unsubscribe from any newsletters that aren't helping you achieve your goals using "unroll.me"
Knock out a few e-mails. Clear out as many as possible. Google tip: Archive rather than Delete.
Return a phone call.
Identify one thing you can delegate, & to whom you can delegate it. Send this person an e-mail, and get it off your plate.
Check your upcoming meetings for the week, and send any e-mails necessary to confirm them.
Drink a glass of water.
Squeeze in a quick guided meditation or deep breathing.
Take a walk around the block.
Text or e-mail three friends to say you miss them.
Post an article/video that's relevant to your contacts.
Stop by a the desk of a co-worker you haven't talked to in a while for a quick catch up.
Send a thank you note to someone whose work you appreciated in the last few weeks.
Look back at your calendar over the last few weeks and make sure you've added any new contacts to your social networks.
Digitize your pile of business cards from events using CardMunch.
Catch up with industry news/stay current with trends.
Update a few bullets on your resume.
Set up a time with your supervisor to get feedback.
Sign up for a free class online.
Pick a stack of papers on your desk and throw out, recycle, or file anything you can.
Clean out your work bag or junk drawer.
Test all pens in your bag, on your desk, or anywhere else. If one has no ink - toss it!
Delete apps you rarely use from your smartphone - bonus: delete time-wasting apps!
Look through your downloads folder/files & delete what you can.
Learn more about your company & key stats.
Organize & clean files on your computer's desktop.
drew's contact info:
Adapted from:
"Actually, I'm Not at All Sorry I'm Not Sorry."
by Ani Vrabel
Cut "sorry" out of your vocab
i'm sorry
... sorry
you say "sorry" too much
Adapted from:
"How to Stop Apologizing."
Edited by Flickety
I decided it was time to cut it out: no more frivolous use of "sorry" for me. I could be a polite and effective communicator without apologizing for things I had every right to be doing.
"What I realized is that there's a subtle -- and yet, very important -- difference between acknowledging being involved in inconveniencing someone and taking the blame for it."
Sorry becomes a crutch, a habit, and maybe wost of all - it loses its meaning.
Do some reflection: when is it good/necessary to be sorry? When is it not?
Notice the pattern in yourself & in others.
Consider your emotions: how does apologizing make you feel?
Expand your vocab: what are you really trying to say? Use that!
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