We’re all looking for clever ways to work smarter and get more done, hoping the next new productivity app will be the one that helps us get things done faster and with less effort.
Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, when you think about it, some of the steps you can take to work smarter don’t involve apps at all.
Some of the most effective things you can do to increase your productivity are as simple as getting more sleep, drinking less booze, changing your diet and getting more exercise.
These are all things you can do. They don’t cost anything and you can safely do them at home. They do, however, require the application of an ingredient known to all successful people: self-discipline.
The big challenge with self-discipline is you can’t buy it and you can’t fake it. Trouble is though, you can’t be successful at anything without it.
The opposite of self-discipline is self-indulgence, and we’re all pretty good at that.
If you can’t exercise the self-control required to get your act together, so that you’re alert and focused before you turn up for work, what makes you think you’ll have what it takes to lift your game once you’re there?
In Everyday Productivity, I share the mindset that helped me deliver forty years of productive work in education, banking and government.
But, be warned. The ideas I share will only be of any use to you if you can apply self-discipline, otherwise you’ll be wasting your time reading information you’ll never use.
Everyday Productivity will be available through online book retailers in early 2017.
Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West crime series, the Living Alone series of self-help books for men, Sharing the Journey: Reflections of a Reluctant Mystic, The New Girlfriend, and Everyday Project Management.