Focusing on concepts detailed in her recently-published fifth productivity book titled “What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do,” Stack’s Productivity Workflow Program is a six-step guide to identifying obstacles that get in the way of completing important tasks, and a strategy to change poor time management habits in order to achieve defined goals. The process is revolutionary in its ability to be adapted by anyone the skills necessary to eliminate time wasters and focus on priorities, so workers can achieve a rhythm of productivity in everyday life. But all of this takes energy, something too many Americans are often short on.
“The best-laid workflow program will fall apart if you don’t have the energy to sustain it,” Stack says. “Therefore, Step Six focuses on keeping yourself physically and mentally fit, through a combination of good sleep, diet, exercise, and preservation of personal happiness.
“Taken together, these form the hub that links and strengthens the other PWF steps.”
As with most of the steps in the Productivity Workflow Formula, readers are told to begin by assessing. In this step, the assessment is on one’s personal “battery,”
“No more skipping lunch breaks, stretch breaks, meals, personal time, weekends, and vacations—or fatigue may eventually overwhelm you,” Stack says.
In order to stay productive, good habits must be maintained. Restorative sleep every night is necessary for muscles to rest, body chemistry to reset, and the subconscious mind to process new information. Stack encourages a regular sleep schedule that begins with establishing a peaceful environment and not using the bedroom as an office.
Diet and exercise are also important elements in maximizing energy levels, which includes taking the stairs and hitting the gym twice a week.
“Working 70-hour weeks can make you fantastically productive in the short term,” Stack says. “But over time you’ll wear down to a ghost of your former self. Eventually something will break, and suddenly, your productivity will drop to nil.
“Don’t fool yourself: no matter how hard you work today, you can’t guarantee corporate leadership will remember your sacrifice tomorrow. You might end up with a pink slip anyway.”
For more information on reducing inefficiencies to improve productivity, visit TheProductivityPro.com website, Email Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call 303-471-7401.
About Laura Stack:
Laura Stack is a time management and productivity expert who has been speaking and writing about human potential and peak performance since 1992. She has implemented employee productivity improvement programs at Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, UBS, Aramark, and Bank of America. Stack presents keynotes and seminars internationally for leaders, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and professional services firms on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in the workplace.
The president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management firm specializing in high-stress environments, Stack is the bestselling author of five books: “What to do When There’s Too Much to do” (2012); “SuperCompetent”