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Free ideas for bloggers – Part 3: Productivity

This is part 3 in a 10-part series of free ideas for bloggers.

In this third post in my ten-part series of free and open ideas for bloggers, I focus on productivity.

Productivity is the art of balancing time and creative output. My sense is that there is too much “baggage” attached to the word. It tends to be shrouded in corporate speak; meeting quarterly targets, doing well in performance reviews etc.

To me productivity is finding ways to stimulate your passion. This list contains 10 ideas to help motivate you in times of creative stagnation.

The list is also a way for you to share insights into your working practices that may benefit your readers.

Feel free to use these ideas, share them, modify them, break them, curse at them, do whatever you want. If you do use an idea, all I ask in return is to leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post. Happy blogging!

Also, you might be interested in reading about my own approach to productivity, particularly writing. In this post I went through some of the changes I made to my writing process and looked at the benefits of using noise cancelling headphones to help with focus.

#7 “Smart” phones

Which smartphone apps help you with productivity? But be self-critical here. If you were to reduce it to a list of 5 apps, which apps are vital to your work and why?

Variation: Which apps first seemed to be productive, but turned out to be a drag?

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#9 “Break Down”

In 2001, British artist Michael Landy famously destroyed all his personal possessions in an art installation titled “Break Down.” Drawing on this idea, make a list of all the actions/operations you perform in your work (even things that seem insignificant). Which items on that list can you “break down”? Share the results with your readers.

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#10 Dreams to reality

First, let’s imagine time and money are no object and you can do anything you want. What would you do to improve productivity in your working life? Make a list of the things you would change. Ok, second, look at that list again, and for each item think about a realistic alternative. What could you actually do to achieve those dreams?

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