Yesterday night, I spent over an hour to read through The Productivity Punch by Jon Mac. It’s a 31-paged bonus ebook to an ebook that I’ve just purchased yesterday morning.
But before I did that, I obediently read the READ THIS FIRST!!! Well, a text file with a title all in caps and ending with 3 exclamation marks, I better hurry to read it first. In it, the author highly recommended that I read The Productivity Punch as the content is more valuable than main ebook I’ve purchased and that he might consider selling it as a standalone product in the productivity/mindset niche later.
Perhaps, I’m suffering from some degree of procrastination, self-doubt or disorganization, and definitely a degree of the “shiny object syndrome”, this productivity ebook seemed to be calling out to me to read it.
First off, the ebook is written in an engaging and lighthearted style that makes the information easy to digest. Second, there are several nuggets of good information that I would take action upon. I feel that this information came to me at a great time. 2014 is ending and soon 2015 will unfold, and there’s a few things I would like to achieve next year, and being a productivity powerhouse will help a lot! :)
Jon begins by explaining what is productivity and presents a simple diagram that drove the point home. He also explains why multitasking is a “terrible way to work” when we are trying to achieve something that requires skill and/or creativity.
He paints an all too familiar scenario where my productivity is taken off track by checking on my emails, then YouTube videos and then leading off to something else. I smiled as I recognized how easily distracted I’ve become these days. I still recall how focused I used to be when I was studying as a student. Back then there’s no smartphones, barely any online shopping, and Internet wasn’t what it is today. Much lesser distractions, and much better attention for me.
Next, he points out the three key points to how idea productivity should look like.
Jon lists three parts to setting a specific goal. I’ve read and heard of these three parts from other speakers or writers in the past, but it’s a good reminder to what they are.
He gives clear examples and shows us how to write out our specific goal. He also shares a link to a video that talks about setting goals and other mindset stuff. I haven’t watched the video yet as I wanted to plow through the ebook.
At the end of each chapter, Jon would write out the Action Steps in case we missed the main gist.
Why does Jon talk about creativity in a productivity ebook? Because he feels that we need creativity to help us figure out what to do to achieve the big goal we’ve set for ourselves. And he says that everyone is creative and it’s not constrained to a few gifted souls.
He shows a process of how successful people come up with great ideas. He puts it out visually in a diagram so we can see what’s the process like. It talks about our conscious and subconscious minds, but in a brief and succinct manner.
He lists a less than two-minute video to watch that demonstrates how much information our conscious mind misses. I watched it right away as it’s less than two-minute.
There’s a way to help us get to our goal in a faster way, and Jon reveals the key here.
Surely, a productivity ebook will have to talk about planning, and what Jon shares here isn’t rocket-science but an old and very simple method that you’ve probably heard of, like many times before. But whether you and I are practicing it is a different story.
This very simple productivity technique skyrocketed Jon’s productivity. As I recalled, those times in the past when I did carry out this technique, I did seem to have accomplished more tasks than I did without using it. Why did I stop using it? I can’t remember… But it’s certainly something that’s easy to start doing again.
Jon gives his own spin on this technique, and I think I’m going to try it his way this time. He also elaborates a bit about our mindset in carrying this technique and I feel what he says here is crucial to the success of using this simple technique.
I like the analogy of the sun and the laser. It helps me to clearly visualize the importance of holding our focus while working on the task on hand.
He also highlights a way to extend our focus in a way that we still feel recharged and not easily depleted after focusing on our task for a certain period of time.
He also gives a quick tip on how to keep our focus throughout the day. Think it’s going to work for people who get distracted real easily.
Jon then talks about the process people go through when forming habits. The standard we know is that forming a habit at the beginning is usually hard. He then gives us a way to form a habit that doesn’t have to be hard from the beginning.
The way he describes it, it seems plausible to create a new habit.
In order to set our creativity in motion, having a proper mindset is one of the elements to do so. Jon shares one mindset trick that works best for him. Here’s where I have an ah-ha moment. I never did apply such a mindset to my online endeavor. Perhaps I should have, and wouldn’t give up too early, or so easily.
He also links out to two old recordings that will touch on mindset and attitude. I’ll listen to the first recording after I’m done with writing this post.
In his ebook conclusion, Jon finally writes something about procrastination. I read the article he lists here and I find it to be useful. He claims that this tip is the most effective trick in helping him with his procrastination.
As for me, I’ve plowed through the whole ebook as I intended yesterday night. And as I skimmed through it while writing this post, it helps to refresh my memory about its main points. And now, it’s time for me to go watch the videos or listen to the recordings listed in the ebook.
Time for me to go be productive!