Aaron Potts over at Today is That Day posted about an interesting topic being used for a group blogging project, “The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, What’s Your Secret?” The project was originated by Ben at the Instigator Blog. This gave me pause as I thought about my own productivity strengths and weaknesses.
In my business as a gallery owner I wear many hats during any given day, with all the myriad demands of managing the business, working with clients, working with our artists, producing our ads and promotional materials, etc. In addition to those tasks, I paint large florals and create custom jewelry.
While I admire people who can schedule their time precisely and make that kind of system work efficiently, my own life is composed primarily of interruptions. In fact, even my interruptions get interrupted!
So if I tackle a large project with tight deadlines, this is a major productivity challenge. Recently when I was working on a book project with a publisher in London, I had some extreme pressure in that regard. I produced nearly 50 paintings and all of the text required in a very short span of time.
I used my main strengths, the ability to focus intensely, the ability to create a strong flow in my work, and relentless effort applied to the project. In order not to be interrupted, I often was at the gallery working at my easel in the wee hours of the morning when I could produce high quality paintings in a concentrated manner.
I also reduced the demands on my time from other facets of my life as much as possible, resigning from some community groups and letting my massive gardens run amok.
However, this has not yet stated my single most important secret underlying all of these approaches to productivity. That is to maintain my enthusiasm for the project. If I keep my enthusiasm high, all the rest tends to fall into place even if I am one weary person by the end of it all.
If you would like to interrupt whatever you are doing right now and share your own secrets about being productive, consider yourself tagged! Place a link to Ben and myself, and any of the other participants you wish to include in your article and we will be delighted to see what you have to say!
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