How does James Dyson do it do it? Richard Branson always seems comfortable too. The author Haruki Murakami can as well.

What do they have in common?

They all have a reputation for being highly productive.

We know the pitfalls. We work really hard but the ‘to do’ list seems to get longer and longer.

We even understand that the simple maths of (Effort + Activity) x time = Productivity does not work out, no matter which way we look at it.

So lets make the maths simple. Think of the number 10………..

1. Stop putting it off and take action.

2. Break things down into smaller chunks and put them into action.

3. If it doesn’t work, review don’t reinvent.

4. Keep checking back against your smaller chunks to make sure they’re working.

5. Work on these chunks every day, little and often on each.

6. Keep the big picture in mind but break it down into achievable phases across time.

7. Don’t let needless meetings get in the way.

8. Get comfortable saying NO.

9. Get into the habit, develop your work routine so you stick to it.

10. Keep challenging the process and don’t let imaginary rules slow you down.