Do less, do what you do better, don’t get distracted along the way
Compton’s 10 Commandments
- You have to give people a mission, a clear understanding of how to achieve that mission and a road map for choosing the appropriate steps for action
- Either serve the customer superbly or don’t even try.
- Change is not something that happens. It’s a way of life. It’s not a process, it’s a value. It’s not something you do, it engulfs you.
- How do you get the people who built the box to think outside it? You get new people.
- Forget outside consultants. They come in, make a mess, then walk away.
- Technology is never really the problem. The problem is how to use it effectively.
- The wrong answer rarely kills you. What it does is waste time. And time is an absolutely limited resource.
- The weak link in reengineering is will. It is a huge job and it is agonizingly, heartbreakingly tough.
- Once people catch on to reengineering, you can’t hold them down. It’s a lifetime venture.
- When I see somebody more radical than I am, I’ll know we’re getting somewhere.
Source: Unknown. I found a photocopy of this in one of my old folders and thought they were worth passing along. If you know the source, let me know so that I can cite it properly. ↩︎
A Life Worth Waking Up For
Why do productive people always seem to have so much time for everything they do? Are they working harder? Better at time management? More disciplined than the rest of us?
An interesting insight into why some people have so much time to do everything. The article that is based upon is also worth reading.
Exercise, healthy eating, sleep… all seem to be repeated over and over again as keys to productivity. I’m trying…
Decide what matters to you; seek out the tools that most directly and obviously help you accomplish these things; then get down to work.
An interesting against-the-grain view on the Apple Watch from someone whom I respect.
Prioritizing For True Success
Know your ‘Avoid at all Cost List‘ and stick to it
An interesting article about not only focusing on clear priorities, but perhaps even more important is to stay away from almost-top-priorities.
7 Rules for Maximizing Your Creative Output
Steve Pavlina’s rules for optimizing the highly creative flow state:
- Define a clear purpose.
- Identify a compelling motive.
- Architect a worthy challenge.
- Provide a conducive environment.
- Allocate a committed block of time.
- Prevent interruptions and distractions.
- Master your tools.
From 2007, but as with many productivity articles, this one stands the test of time. I really need to work on item five. He says that his truly creative output starts in hour two…. most of my creative sessions don’t even last two hours…