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My Productivity Manifesto

The dictionary defines “productivity” as “having the power to produce large amounts of goods, crops, or other commodities.”

Yes — but no.

Ants marching in a line
True productivity calls for vision, not just busy-ness. (istockphoto.com (c) arlindo71)

Productivity isn’t about volume or quantity. It’s about vision + quality.

It’s not about “getting stuff done.” It’s not about de-cluttering your inbox, ticking things off a list, reducing that big stack of paper on your desk, or even finishing that book you’ve been meaning to write. It’s not about collecting gold stars, or a pat on the head.

True productivity is about discovering the easiest + simplest thing you can do — right now — that will have the biggest impact on your life, your wealth, and the world.

And it’s about doing that one simple thing before you do anything else.

That’s my definition of productivity — and when you apply it to entrepreneurship, the results are simply astounding.

You get small business owners feeling free, focused + genuinely rich. You get community leaders with money to spare, and time to share. You get a world full of people doing their best work, not just busy-work.

Can productivity save the planet?

I’m Margaret Lukens, a small business expert, productivity speaker, and master problem-solver.

I say YES.

(And I approve this message.)

Essential Office Supplies (& How To Make Sure You Don’t Run Short)

Is there anything as bad than running out of basic office supplies? Yes, there is. It’s having a ten-year supply of hanging files consuming all your storage space since someone accidentally ordered three cases instead of boxes. Managing your inventory of essential office supplies shouldn’t consume a lot of time or brain power. If you’re… Continue Reading

Why I Love To Help People Get Organized

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. – Pearl Buck One of the most alarming people I’ve spoken to recently was a young woman who thought she might want to become a professional organizer. What she really wanted was to lay down the law, boss people around, and plumb everyone up. I carefully explained… Continue Reading

Worth Repeating – September Productivity Posts

Just in case you missed these posts the first time around (or in case this is exactly what you need to hear today) I’m sharing some thoughts from previous September posts. Has the back-to-school month of September got you acting like a too-tough teacher with yourself? Ease up. Focus on your consistent input more than… Continue Reading

Terror in the Executive Suite

Well, not a suite, exactly. My new office is just eight by 12 feet, with a spacious conference room and a small kitchen down the hall. There’s no “Amityville Horror” stuff going on here. So how could my modest office cause terror? I began looking for an office outside my home in 2008, I think,… Continue Reading

Changing Habits: Does One Plus One Equal Three?

I want to challenge a familiar piece of wisdom about habit change. Here’s what I read recently in a (mostly wonderful) column by Laura Vanderkam on FastCompany.com: Choose one new habit at a time to introduce: If you want to run, pray, and write in a journal, choose one of these and make it a… Continue Reading

Women Entrepreneurs of the Bay Area: Want More Time?

You know how it can be: You have an overwhelming to-do list as long as your arm, and it never gets any shorter. There are some things you want to accomplish, but weeks, months and even years slip by with no progress. You are tempted to laugh out loud when someone suggests adding daily exercise,… Continue Reading

Keeping the Clutter Busters In Line

As I headed to Baltimore last week for the annual conference of  NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) where I presented a workshop on writing a business plan for solo entrepreneurs and small businesses, Angela Wallace, our association president, sat down with a reporter from the New York Times to talk about the organizing industry… Continue Reading

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