Andrew Griffiths: How to increase your productivity and get things done

Andrew Griffiths: Australia's most prominent author on small business success will be the special guest speaker at Community Connect this year.
Andrew Griffiths: Australia's most prominent author on small business success will be the special guest speaker at Community Connect this year.

ONE of the greatest challenges we all face is the ever-increasing struggle to get things done.

Our “to-do” lists are getting longer, the demands on our limited time are increasing daily and we spend much of our day juggling the mountain of communication directed at us across multiple platforms.

We need all the help we can get to simply feel a little more in control.

I think there will ultimately be a communication backlash and we will disconnect more and more and look for ways to avoid the growing sense of being overwhelmed and try to find some kind of harmony in a radically out of balance world, simply by remembering how to turn things off.

But we’ve got a long way to go before we are brave enough to do that. So what can we do in the meantime?

For me, I need to feel that I’m in control and making progress from the start of the day. So I’ve started doing something really simple to try trick my brain into believing I’m a productivity rock star.

I make a point of putting between five and 10 things on my to-do list that are really easy to complete and I am likely to complete, simply because they are a part of my daily routine.

For example, I have “get up” as the first item on my list. Now, I don’t have any trouble getting out of bed, but I love looking at my to-do list and putting a tick next to the first item.

From there I might get a little more adventurous and realistic and put something like “check my calendar for the day’s activities”.

You get the drift. These are easy things to do and I can rattle through 10 of them in 10 minutes.

Having between five and 10 of these types of daily tasks lets me enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off a pile of things, which then makes my brain happy because it feels like we are making progress and it helps me to build momentum.

I feel positive, productive and satisfied. I find that by starting the day like this, the mood stays with me the entire day and I actually do get a lot more done – and it feels effortless.

I believe we need to do whatever we can to win the war on productivity. If you trick your brain into thinking you are a productivity rock star, you might just become one.

See Andrew Griffiths speak at free Community Connect seminars in Perth, Mandurah and Joondalup on September 11, 12 and 13 respectively.

You’ll also get his book – The Big Book of Small Business – free.

For details, call 9237 1435, email connect@communitynews.com.au or go to www.communityconnect.club.

Read Andrew Griffiths’ full post, and more, at andrewgriffithsblog.com.