Personal Productivity

86539220All of us want to get more out of our personal and professional lives. Accomplishing this goal will require us to be more productive in every area. Productivity is simply the process of achieving more results in areas where we wish to excel. Productivity is not simply a matter of working faster or working harder. It is, instead, the process of working more effectively.

Several years ago, I wrote a book based on my research with Steve Forbes and legendary coach John Wooden entitled Ultimate Productivity. The popularity of that book has given me the opportunity to work with a number of organizations that want to, collectively, be more, do more, and have more.

On the Ultimate Productivity website, you can take a free Ultimate Productivity Profile and receive your own personalized productivity assessment. Your access code is 586404.

Productivity can be broken down into three elements, which are motivation, communication, and implementation. It all begins with motivation.

Motivation is the first thing we get when we come into this world and the last thing we lose as we leave it. Victory does not always go to the strongest or fastest. It most often goes to the individual or group that is the most motivated. If you are giving your maximum effort, and your competition is only giving moderate effort, you are more likely to succeed.

Motivation comes in different forms and styles. It is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. In our Ultimate Productivity training, we have found people motivated by money, titles, inclusion, recognition, and many other motivating factors.

The second element of productivity is communication. None of us can ever succeed on our own. We must be a part of a motivated team. In order to become a part of a motivated team, we must communicate our vision. Communication comes in many forms. Some people need to communicate in written form and others are verbal. Some people need to see it on paper while others need to hear it or see graphs and models. There is no right or wrong way to communicate. There is only the best way to communicate with each individual.

Finally, the third element of productivity is implementation. We live in a world where when it’s all said and done, there’s a lot more said than done. I would recommend you review a book entitled Get ’Er Done: The Green Beret Guide to Productivity by Michael Martel.

You will never be rewarded for thinking of the right thing to do, believing in the right thing to do, intending to do the right thing, or planning to do the right thing. You will be rewarded for doing it.

As you go through your day today, commit to getting more out of every area of your life by being personally and professionally productive.

Today’s the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network as well as a published author of many books, including The Ultimate Gift. He is also a columnist and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082; by e-mail at; or on Facebook at

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