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Today’s article is going to be short and sweet, yet full of actionable items you can take as you need to use yourself, with your child or in your classroom - or, in your tutoring session.
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Okay, now that I’ve stopped play-typing, I know Jessica is secretly laughing at the first line and specifically the word short, so she’s my motivation for NOT making this a novella but an easy post that’s digestible right now.
Fact: Kids aren’t taught productivity.
Think about it for a second. Did you learn productivity in school?
I know the answer. Call on me. Call on me!
Unless you went to a rockin’-awesome school run by some rockin’-awesome productive peeps and taught by seriously-productive teachers who should get gold statues at the end of the year, you didn’t.
Just like moi.
And just like kids…
So, here’s a trick. Get them productive early so they can live by this motto Work Smarter Not Harder.
Now that might be something that screams liar liar pants on fire because you have a belief from childhood or from your parents that the harder you work, the more you’ll succeed.
Well, friend, no. Just no.
First, that doesn’t lead to happiness, to run around like a hamster in a wheel getting nowhere. And two, working harder implies effort matters over skill.
Here’s another fact.
Skill is smarter. Effort it harder.
I’m going to majorly simplify this and if you need, we can dive deeper another time, but here’s the skinny - when a person increases their skill they increase their value.
We get paid in dollars (if in the USA or insert your currency if outside our borders) for the value we bring to the table.
Well, hot-diggity-damn, that’s the first lesson to get a person to productivity high ground that every single child on the planet should be taught. And maybe you need to learn it and believe it, for yourself.
I get it. It might contradict everything you’ve been told and all you’ve been lead to believe and guess what?
Understanding, learning and implementing this new idea (dare I say belief) is the first step in a new skill and increasing your value.
Be open to learning
Don’t just learn something and think “I got this!”
Action creates clarity
Action also leads to more skill and less effort
And voilà, we have work smarter not harder
Now, let’s get to the meat of this article - Productivity Hacks - because Jessica’s laughter is ringing in my ears and she’s starting to chant, not gonna be a short post!
We’ll show her…
And should because the right training and great productivity, you basically have the entire world in the palm of your hand!
Using the Pomodoro Method
I am in love with the free version of the FocusApp.
Pomodoro, if you don’t know, is working in chunks of 25 minutes with a 5-minute break between each work session (or focus time as this app calls it).
Lookup any statistic on productivity in the workplace and it’s shocking how much time actually spent in an 8 hour a day job is not productive.
(According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American works 8.8 hours every day and the average worker is only productive or two hours and 53 minutes.) 
Employees, even students, who adopt this skill and master it, increase their productivity, can shorten their workweek.
Or, in some cases, work a day from home and not come into the office.
The sky's the limit with what you can ask for when you show just how productive you can be or how much you can accomplish. Time is one thing we all have in equal measure. Learning how to best use it and manage it is a priceless hack that will serve you in every area, forever.
And seriously, how could it be, how much time could you collect, bank and use, if you were able to do and show (proof) that instead of an 8-hour workday, all you needed as four?
I’d hire you.
And kids, well homework can be a real beast of I don’t want to and dragging of little heels. Or, for the older set, a procrastination technique that lasts until Sunday night at 9 pm. Been there, done that!
Maybe you even remember or in the season of things like “Mom, I can’t turn my lights out, my history report is due tomorrow!” or “Tommy, what’s this in your backpack? Homework?!”
Teaching kids this method of Pomodoro-ing quickly becomes a game and rocks their ability to do and complete tasks in less time. And it’s also a great tool for the entire family as there is no longer anything to argue about! (Not that you argue with your kid or anything.)
April & Eric Perry are my heroes.
I’ve heard of this concept, tried this concept but in 90 minutes they made it possible for me with their awesome, simple training.
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