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SMARTSTART Productivity Boost Camp - Resource Guide

SMARTSTART Productivity Boost Camp - Resource Guide

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Published by Linda M. Lopeke
SMARTSTART Productivity Boost Camp - Resource Guide
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Published by: Linda M. Lopeke on Aug 04, 2010
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intelligent business.s i m pl if i ed.
Boost Camp
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Resource Guide
SMARTSTART | Business Success
2 | Resource Guide
© Lexicorp Services Inc., 2008
Energy Management
1. The Strangest Secret in the World (audio)
Productivity (or lack thereof) is always a reflection of your state of mind. We become
what we think about.

This motivational audio recording, the classic by Earl Nightingale, explains the
importance of being in control of your mind at all times. If you’ve never heard it before,
it’s well worth a listen and Mark Victor Hansen has made it available to you online.

2. VARK – A Guide to Learning Styles (quiz)

In the PRODUCTIVITY Masterclass, I recommended you take this quiz to better
understand how you best learn. It’s also important for you to understand the different
learning styles because it impacts how you reach your target customers and helps you
work more effectively with your staff, outsourced teams and suppliers.

If you do not know your own best learning style, take the VARK quiz and find out. (And if you have staff already, get them to take it as well. You can make it part of your hiring process too.)

3. The Online CEO (free)
Once you’ve created your own value-rated activity chart, you can use this tool to record
your daily planned activities and track performance.

This site was created by Geoffrey Grosenbach, a technical guy who had a special interest
in the productivity tools, using an original concept created by David Seah. He hasn’t
developed it further for commercial resale (and I rather doubt he will) but it functions
perfectly well for your activity tracking purposes.

SMARTSTART | Business Success
3 | Resource Guide
© Lexicorp Services Inc., 2008
Action Management
4. Rescue Time (free tool)

Most people lose a lot of prime work time fooling around on the web. This nifty
monitoring tool runs in the background and keeps track of where your time is really
going. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. Sometimes you need to see the hard
facts to do that.

They’re not exaggerating when they say it’s ridiculously easy time management and
analytics. Without having to do any data entry, you’ll know exactly what software and
web sites you’re using regularly, how much time you’re spending on email and so on.
Then you’ll know exactly where you need to make change.

This tool also helps you beat procrastination by tracking your work goals and issuing
alerts when you’re heading into overtime. It’s an effortless way to improve your
efficiency based on the facts. And, if you’re the competitive type, and work with a team,
you can also compare your productivity to others for added incentive.

5. Online Stopwatch (free tool)

I use a beautiful hand blown antique hourglass to raise my awareness of passing time
when I need to keep an eye on it but you may prefer using this handy tool that serves as
either a stopwatch or a countdown timer and sits right on your computer’s desktop.

Never miss an opportunity to add a little more fun to your work day. You’ll be surprised at how quickly and easily playing regular games of “beat the clock” sharpens your focus, increases satisfaction and immediately improves your productivity.

6. The Printable CEO (free goal tracking form (PDF))

If you prefer pencil and paper to online tracking tools, you can print this handy form and
use it to record your daily planned activities and track performance against your value-
rated tasks.

Filling in the bubbles by hand and tallying your score every day provides regular hits of
emotional satisfaction which is good for boosting self-esteem and helps you monitor your
progress and see your self-directed improvement.

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