A Simple 10-Minute Productivity Tool (Really)

Friday, December 30th, 2011

A Simple 10-Minute Productivity Tool (Really)

I am not big on resolutions. Exercise facilities will be jammed from January 2 until February 15 or thereabouts, and then only the regulars will remain. For most the resolutions to lose weight, etc. etc. will be forgotten. I figure if I need to do something different, I ought to try to start making a change whenever it occurs to me that some change might be a good idea. Nevertheless, I am always eager to find a planning/organizing system that can make following my plans a little bit easier.

Kaihan Krippendorff posted Hack Your Productivity: A Time Management Geek’s 10-Minute Solution on the Fast Company page. I like what he has to say. Here’s what hooked me: “First, let me tell you what it’s not. This is not a visioning method. In other words, this method does not imply that by envisioning an outcome–a new job, a successful fundraising meeting, winning a sale–you will realize the outcome. My first roommate, and first officemate when I joined McKinsey, was the coach of the U.S. National Rugby Team in a prior life. He shared with me that he, and many elite athletes, envision a game in minute detail before they get on the field. But just envisioning victory is not enough. You have to get on the field. This simple process stimulates both–the vision and turf, the dream and the action.”

He created a planning tool. Simple, huh? I hope you’ll take a look.  I’ve only been using it for a few days, but I do seem to be getting more productive work done. And that’s unusual for me over the holidays. . . . Also, I think the tool might be very helpful on change management projects. I’ll let you know.

2011 Kaihan Krippendorff

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