Published June 7, 2021

Episode 87: Unleashing the Power of Productivity with Charles Duhigg

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Have you ever spent an entire day frantically working, only to finish and wonder if you’ve actually accomplished anything significant? Is there a way to truly be more productive and not simply busier? Paula Faris interviews New York Times best-selling author Charles Duhigg on how to distinguish between mere busyness and true productivity, and also shares real-world, practical techniques to super charge not only your own productivity, but also the productivity of the teams you lead.

Show Notes

SUMMARY:

Have you ever spent an entire day frantically working, only to finish and wonder if you’ve actually accomplished anything significant? Is there a way to truly be more productive and not simply busier? Paula Faris interviews New York Times best-selling author Charles Duhigg on how to distinguish between mere busyness and true productivity, and also shares real-world, practical techniques to super charge not only your own productivity, but also the productivity of the teams you lead.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

Defining Productivity

  • Busyness and productivity are not the same thing.
  • The most important question you can ask yourself is, “What deserves my attention right now?”
  • Productivity looks different for different people and different contexts.
  • We need systems and habits that give us space and time to ask ourselves, “What is most important right now?”
  • Knowing your “why” helps you define productivity for yourself.

 

Building Better To-Do Lists

  • Make shorter, not longer lists. A “To-Do List” is not the same as a “Memory List.” Just 3 things suffice.
  • Ask yourself, “What’s the most important thing to do today?”
  • Productivity comes from prioritization.
  • If you’re putting something off because you dread doing it, it’s likely the most important thing you should be doing.
  • Look at your Memory List and ask yourself, “Which of these items, if I accomplished them today, would I feel best about?”

 

Principles of Productive Teams: Psychological Safety

  • Saturday Night Live succeeded, in part, because of the psychological safety created by show creator Lorne Michaels.
  • Ostentatious listening from a team leader allows people feel heard and encourages everyone else on the team to start listening as well.
  • Team norms differ from team to team, but what matters is that the team feels like they are able to choose those norms for themselves.

 

Principles of Productive Teams: Effective Culture

  • The most effective startup culture is a “Culture of Commitment”: culture is not based on rules or stars but rather based on a company maintaining its commitment to its people at all costs, helping them to be their best at their work.

 

Principles of Productive Teams: Lean Management

  • Whoever is closest to the problem is often the expert on that problem (and therefore should be empowered to solve the problem).

 

RELATED LINKS:

Charles Duhigg 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 

Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business 

Paula Faris 

Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling (Paula Faris) 

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story (Michael Lewis) 

The Surfline App: Check the Ocean From Wherever You Are 

Dawn Patrol App: Track your waves, Relive your surf, Share your session 

 Jamie Franklin, True Leadership Builds a Culture Where People Thrive 

Rory Vaden 

Amy Edmondson 

Global Leadership Network 

Global Leadershp Summit 

 

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