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The Power of Habits: Productivity through Effective Working

If you want to improve your productivity, the first thing you need is the right habits: productive habits. So, this first video in our course on personal productivity is about just that. Effective working by cultivating the right habits.

And at the heart of good habits are two things:
1. Discipline
2. Routines

Watching this Video is worth 3 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 1.6.1
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 1: Effective Working

Relevant videos in the same section as this video include:
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– Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized
https://youtu.be/2eUYH0z2yiQ
– Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
https://youtu.be/XZUCfd9xov0
– Use your Energy Cycles for More Effective Working and Greater Productivity
https://youtu.be/q_s0FkWISLo
– Wellbeing: What to do to Increase Your Productivity
https://youtu.be/dkJEtKSR_Yw
– Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
https://youtu.be/IEN_hP9dtIM
– Special Time: and How to Use it to Work Effectively
https://youtu.be/PNN0ybt32TA
– Three Types of Procrastination… and Why 2 are Good
https://youtu.be/xOszBq1iqSI
– Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off
https://youtu.be/YK0u1yXGYlY
– Email Wrangling: How to Manage Your Email Effectively
https://youtu.be/Z_yz27nTu1M

LESSON NOTES
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Discipline is the most valuable habit. It will:
• Get you through the tough times
• Build your reputation in the good times
Discipline is about
• remembering
• planning
• reviewing
• organizing
• punctuality
• keeping promises
• staying polite

Discipline is rarely about doing things that are hard: it is more often about making the effort to do things that are easy, when you would rather do nothing at all.

Routines
Routines simplify your life. And they are comforting in times of change or when you’re under pressure.

If you choose the right routines they can boost your productivity:
1. Focus on what matters, while routines take care of the infrastructure around doing it.
2. Fewer choices. Choices need a decision and decisions take effort. Choices reduce your resources for other, more important decisions.

Establish routines that work for you…
– A morning routine
– Environment
– Email & messages
– Use gaps

RECOMMENDED EXERCISE
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1. Survey all your habits in and around your work. Be brutally honest and assess which ones work well for you, and which ones hinder your productivity (2 MC CPD Points)
2. How disciplined are you? If you don’t have the levels of discipline that will get you the results you want, pick one area of your life to be more disciplined. Work on that for one month, until it becomes a habit. (4 MC CPD Points). ‘Rinse and Repeat’
3. Now take a careful look at your routines. Do some need improvement? are there some areas of your life where you need a new routine. Design the change you want. And practice it for a month, until it becomes a habit. (4 MC CPD Points). ‘Rinse and Repeat’

DOWNLOADS
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Free Resources
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

RECOMMENDED READING
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I’ll be as modest as I can. I am something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, and time management. I have 4 best-selling books with 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
https://geni.us/gHa4
– How to Manage Your Time
https://geni.us/Cpvp
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
https://geni.us/H7GDizc
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
https://geni.us/yhF90n

And here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, and time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
https://geni.us/Zulp
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
https://geni.us/vNtXd4
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
https://geni.us/JxTY
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
https://geni.us/48Y1LlC
Management Courses Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points
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Each video has two levels of MC CPD points. For this video:
– If you simply watched the video, record 3 MC CPD points
– If you also carried out all of the recommended exercises, score a total of 13 MC CPD points
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How to Use the Kanban Method for Time Management
How Does the Chain Method of Time Management Work?
How Does the Autofocus Time Management Method Work?
How Does the Getting Things Done Time Management Method Work?
What is the Pomodoro Technique? Working in Sprints
Eating Frogs: A Solution to Procrastination
How to Handle Interruptions and Distractions
How to Say NO: Noble Objection – the Ultimate in Time Management
How to Handle Overload: When Time Management is Not Enough
How to Clear a Backlog – The 4 Rs Method
Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
Prioritization: Understand Urgent and Important
To Do List and 7 Other Time Management Lists You Should Use Instead
Time Management with The OATS Principle
Goal Setting: The Start of Your Time Management
Activity Log: Logging Your Time and Activities
Email Wrangling: How to Manage Your Email for Greater Productivity
Monkey Management: How to Deal with a Monkey on Your Back
The Flow State… and How Flow Can Help You Work Effectively
Special Time: and How to Use it to Work Effectively
Overcome Overwhelm: Dealing with the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed
Conquer Procrastination: How to Avoid Putting Things Off
Three Types of Procrastination… and Why 2 are Good
Failure of Multitasking: The Multitasking Myth
Milestones and Deadlines for Self-Motivation and Greater Productivity
Wellbeing: What to do to Increase Your Productivity
Use your Energy Cycles for More Effective Working and Greater Productivity
Planning, Preparation, and Follow-up: Effective Working for Better Productivity
Organization: How to Enhance Your Productivity by Being Organized

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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