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Your Personal Productivity Questions And Comments (Open Thread)

Hi all.

I want to hear from you, so I can help you (and perhaps receive help from you as well). I’ll get to that shortly, but let me put my question in context.

I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon the Fractal Planning method. It has completely transformed my relationship to my work. It has made me more productive with less stress, unlike anything I’ve tried before.

If I take an honest accounting of my influences, the main ones are these:

  • David Allen (for his clear mind procedure),
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi for his emphasis on working with “FLOW”, and for articulating 3 of the biggest conditions for flow,
  • Tony Schwartz, for his emphasis on managing your energy as you manage your projects.
  • and Brian Arthur, for showing me how all human creativity can be understood better with fractal models.

Combining these insights together, plus focusing more on “just in time” saw sharpening instead of “proactive” saw sharpening (‘saw sharpening’ is a term borrowed from Steven Covey), has led to the Fractal Planning Method.

The method is very simple. In fact, the day-to-day system is very plausibly the simplest productivity system in the world. If you’re not yet familiar with it, you can still get the overview for free in “Clear Mind, Effective Action”.

However, there are many nuances, and I’m working those out on this blog.

Now, . . ., I am the kind of guy who can get lost in abstractions if I don’t take steps to put my feet back on the ground once in a while. And that’s where I need your help.

The whole reason the Fractal Planning Method excites me is because it helped me solve real problems I was facing — problems with stress, overwhelm, uncertainty, impatience, lack of clarity, and a lot of other negative emotions that used to show up all too frequently in my work.

I don’t want to lose sight of that.

More than having a platform for explaining the theory of Fractal Planning, this blog is here to help real people with real problems.

So, I want to hear from you.

Please leave your comments and questions in the comment box below.

What are your problems? What is the most frustrating aspect of work for you? And, also, what do you currently do about it?

Also, if you want to chime in and give advice to others as they post, feel free.

Or, if you just have a tip or two you want to share that will help a lot of people in general, feel free to share that as well.

Jim

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