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Do more by not doing

Machen MacDonald
Special to The Union

Machen MacDonald

When hired to help people and organizations become more focused, effective and productive we start by looking at their to do lists. While perusing those rosters we also evaluate what is getting in the way and preventing them from executing as they know they should. Here are five common productivity bottlenecks in the form of what not to do:

Don't judge others or yourself: Judging is kind of nuts when you stop and really think about it. When you judge you are arguing for something to be different than what it is or was. Last time I checked things are what they are for that is what they are and it is what it is. Cultivate the ability to appreciate or at least accept what is. When you judge others you are simply trying to make them responsible for how you are feeling about yourself. Determine how you want to be and start behaving in the way that will lead you to becoming who you aspire to be.

Don't have more than three priorities: Let's get real! Everything on your list can not be a priority. In our current work and life environments it is obvious that we have to keep a lot of marbles from rolling off the table. Inevitably some will roll off and shatter. However, we must remember we can't, nor are we expected to, do it all at once. That is why time exists. The challenge is most people have no awareness of what is most important and really matters. They end up wasting valuable energy and resources trying to keep projects alive that were doomed from inception. Think, prioritize and execute.

Don't feel guilty: If you were wrong or made a mistake, say you are sorry, correct the problem and move on. Feeling guilty only dampens and masks your resourcefulness and talents thereby perpetuating more episodes to foul up and mistakenly permit yourself to stay stuck feeling guilty. Build a bridge and get over feeling guilty.

Don't compare yourself with others: Everyone is an individual with different history, baggage and potential. It can't possibly ever be a level playing field on which to compare. Nobody wins the comparing game. Should an Olympian, who skated to a personal best and achieved a bronze medal, be disappointed she did not win the gold or exuberant about achieving her personal best?

It's a choice. Which perspective will effect growth and expansion? You always have the power to choose the most healthy and empowering emotional perspective from which to view any situation. Choose wisely.

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Don't hesitate: He who hesitates has lost. Stop getting ready to get ready and just feel the fear and go do it anyway. Prepare as best you can and realize curve balls will come your way, regardless. Commit to being flexible and successful versus being perfect. That's the only way you can really learn, improve and achieve what you want for yourself and others.

You can't get it right by playing it safe and hiding in your safe, limited vacuum. You must engage in the real world and endure some possible ridicule. It's called life.

Make it up, make it fun and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000 or visit .

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