About a month ago, I posted this quote on my social media:

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. – Peter Drucker

One of the questions I received was when should you not bother to do something? What simply does not need doing? We all do things we don’t want to do. It’s a necessity. Things like laundry and errands. They are part of life. That’s not what Mr. Drucker is referring to.  He’s referring to carefully reviewing tasks before simply making them more efficient.

But first my gift to you – a celebration contest for the launch of my brand new podcast The Uncluttered Office. Click here to enter the contest

One lucky grand prize winner will receive:

  •  A virtual consultation with me where we will explore your office space and systems to provide easy to implement individualized productivity strategies that fit the profile we built during our consultation.
  • First you will complete an easy 85 question quiz that helps me assess your productivity style.
  • The final product comes complete with the full productivity profile, space layout suggestions, and an implementation plan. You’ll be feeling more confident and organized by the end of our call.

($550 value)

Two additional winners will receive: A half hour virtual consultation where we will explore your office space and systems and get you started with some easy to implement individualized productivity strategies.

($250 value)

Zones of Competence

It helps to know how to categorize your daily tasks. I turned to Gay Hendricks’ “The Big Leap” for some answers. The zones are:

  1. Your zone of incompetence. That’s anything you’re just not very good at, and really would rather not learn, and you could certainly hire out.
  2. Your zone of competence. You’re pretty darn good at it, and over time, you should be letting those things go.
  3. Your zone of excellence.   That’s where we kind of all spend most of our time, the things we’re really skilled at. We’ve learned how to do them over time through hard work and practice. Nothing wrong with that but…
  4. Your zone of genius.  This is where we really need to spend our time. The zone of genius is those things that are your innate natural ability. completely innately, You can do as easily as breathing. Often you’re so good at them that you don’t even realize other people aren’t. Because THIS, this is your gift. It’s where you’re meant to be spending your time in the world. This is what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “Flow”.

As an example, here is my zone of genius. I can choose paint colors in my sleep, I can choose tile with no problem. Creativity is as natural as breathing for me. I can connect people and situations and random things that you could never imagine would go together. Then I can help others do the same for their offices.

Your Strengths and Mine

I learned my strengths in Tom Rath’s book, which I also highly recommend, called “Strengths Finder”. You take a test online, and then it comes up with what your strengths are, and there are five. My zone of genius includes these three: Connectiveness, Input, and Learner.

Listen here for the rest… 

Please don’t forget to enter the giveaway. Your review will help me reach so many more people.

Thank you in advance and happy listening.

Productivity by Design™



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