Monday Must-Reads: Productivity

by Jeannie Walters

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For me, weekends are about running around with my kids and catching up on, well, you know, just about everything.

This week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite reads on a subject I’m constantly trying to learn more about: productivity. Last week, I was faced with some crazy deadlines, back-to-school shopping, and client budget season. Needless to say, I needed a few tips in making the most of my time.

Productivity is an elusive recipe. If you lose the tools, the motivation or the determination, you are back to square one. Here are a few of my favorite recent posts about the ingredients to productivity!

Stop Striving for Work/Life Balance

In this elegant and concise reminder, David Allen lets us all know what to strive for – when we’re “on” and time disappears.

Put One Foot In Front Of The Other

Molly Cantrell-Kraig wrote this guest post on Liz Strauss‘s Successful Blog. In this economy, with so many people facing the life they never thought they’d had (myself included), it’s so important to remember that ends are beginnings. Sometimes “being productive” means getting up each day, putting one foot in front of the other, and getting the NEXT job done. Believe it or not, it’s the one you were meant to do.

Productivity Tips for Creatives

Honestly, I have no idea how I found this one from a firm in Jefferson City, Missouri. But it spoke to me in its simplicity. It’s not that difficult to take on a lot of things at once and just tackle them one by one. But then again, it’s the hardest thing ever. Good reminders here for all of us who have to take things “bird by bird.” Plus, they quote Mizzou not too far away from Jeff City, so I’m officially a fan.

How do you stay productive? I’d love a few more tips!


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Jeannie Walters

Jeannie Walters is the CEO/Founder of Experience Investigators, a global Customer Experience consulting firm. She has 20 years of experience helping companies improve loyalty and retention, employee engagement, and overall customer experience. Jeannie is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP,) a charter member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA,) a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association, LinkedIn Learning instructor, TEDx speaker, and President-Elect of the National Speakers Association Illinois chapter. Learn more here.

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