3 simple but powerful productivity tips

My friend Scott Gould posted in his blog the Top 10 Productivity Tips of internet marketing expert Ian Mcleary, and suggested for us to share with him our top three productivity tips. This video is an expansion to my response to that post.


So in short, here you have my three tips:

1. Think on paper. Any plan, decision, idea you have, put it on paper, do not try to do everything in your head.

2. Any time you have decided to go for something or you have a new idea you wish to start, do not allow to pass more that 24 hrs before you do at least one thing connected to that idea/decision. Starting is always the hardest part, so by starting right away you will create the momentum needed to get the ball rolling.

3. Before you actually do anything, you need to define and understand (a) WHAT is is that you really want, or in other words what is the result or outcome you are looking for; (b) WHY you want this; and (c) well, once you know WHAT and WHY, then you can come up with the HOW to do it, or how it is that you plan to accomplish this outcome.

Do you have any productivity tips that you would like to share?



4 responses to “3 simple but powerful productivity tips

  1. Hey Ivan

    I like these points of yours. They mean a more methodical, value based approach. THey certainly require a lot more delegation and planning if you run large teams like I do!


    • Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you like them. Regarding implementing these tips with large teams, well, the real advantage comes when you get your teams to apply these three tips. Like this if …

      (a) they think on paper: they will make better decisions; they will not forget all the important stuff; they will use their minds to create and no to remember trivial stuff.

      (b) they take action immediately or within 24 hrs at the latest: they will create momentum and projects will get moving.

      (c) they understand and embrace the goal and the purpose: they will no longer be “doing just their job” but fully engaging to accomplish things because they care and because they see the point of those actions.

      Also, if they implement these concepts, you actually will have less planning and decision making to do and as a result delegating will just happen organically.

      Have a great day man!


  2. Hi Ivan,
    I like your tip about writing it down because I find that puts a structure to your thoughts and with a structure you’ve got a good start.

    Another tip, if you are working hard on a project and you get really stuck take a complete break and do something completely different. Your sub conscious mind will continue to work on the issue anyway and when you come back there’s a good chance you’ll have a new idea and make further progress.

    All the best,

    • Hi Ian,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing that additional tip. You are so right. I have actually been in that situation couple of times this week and your suggestion is right on the money. Thanks!

      Have a great day!


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