Monday Buzz: 10 Minutes to Greater Productivity

Take control of your association's to-do list with a simple practice. Also: Make room for a fresh volunteer resource (hint: they're on summer vacation right now), and keep them engaged.

It’s Monday, and the week has scarcely begun, so why not try to take advantage of an efficient tactic to heighten your productivity?

Inc. magazine contributor Jessica Stillman digs up a practice trumpeted by design pro David Kadavy that’s as simple as partitioning 10 minutes first thing each morning to work on one task.

“Sometimes, the 10 minutes seems like an eternity. I’m just waiting for it to end so I can eat something or go to the gym,” Kadavy confesses. “But often—actually, usually, I don’t stop after 10 minutes. 10 minutes turns into 45 minutes, an hour, two hours, of nonstop work on one project.”

Stillman observes: “Ten minutes is too few for excuses. By setting yourself such a modest goal, you really leave yourself no option but to actually accomplish it.”

So that project that’s been sitting on your association’s sidelines for a while, why not give it the 10-minute try?

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Morgan Little

By Morgan Little

Morgan Little is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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