The problem with feel-good tasks is that they often appear productive. It’s only when you really examine them that you realize they aren’t either necessary or directly helpful to your goal.
Tag - productivity
Matt Rissel interviewed 100 highly successful people, trying to find the tools they used to make themselves successful. Only problem? There wasn’t any tool commonality.
However, there was a principle commonality. Here are the top 10 common principles that highly successful people share. They tend to …
- Have passion for what they do
- Surround themselves with excellent people
- Create an environment within which excellent people can succeed
- Maintain simplicity
- Know their motivation
- Create their secret sauce
- Make their decisions be great
- Balance their lives
- Execute on priorities
- Build their own system
Control the environment, not the behavior
He said it in the context of finding a PDA for himself that had email but no wireless access, and not having a particular brand of dark chocolate in the house. Reasons: he knows himself, and he knows he’d be breaking his own rules about email access and healthy diet.
That’s a powerful insight: engineer your environment to make undesired behavior inconvenient. I’ll be finding some ways of implementing that in my own life and work.