by anthony on 01/17/12 at 5:09 pm
Many have wondered whether experts are born or made. If experts were born, it would mean that they wouldn’t have to make an effort to excel in their domain. They would coast through activities without struggles or setbacks. However, study and research on experts has proven that this isn’t the case. Experts may make things look easy when they perform, but the truth is that it takes a lot of work to get there. In fact, it’s not how much you work that’s the defining factor. It’s the way you work that matters the most.
Productivity Papers is a system of printable papers that help you develop productive habits and routines so that you can reach your goals more effectively. It‘s based on the study and research of how experts work. Stop stressing out and overworking yourself with mediocre results. Work like an expert, and you’ll eventually become one. Each productivity paper comes as a printable PDF. You can print as many as you need. They’re all beautifully designed and easy to write on. Get them all for only $7.00. After payment is complete, you’ll receive an email to download the file.
The 90-Minute Work Routine reflects how experts work. It will help you keep track of your daily work sessions, the time of day you work, and the distractions that keep you from your work. This paper helps you develop time management.
Experts have developed habits and routines that are conducive to top performance. Anders Ericsson did a study on violinists at the Berlin Academy of Music. He found that the best violinists practiced in sessions no longer than 90 minutes with a 20-minute break between each one. And they almost never practiced more than 4 and half hours a day.
The Deliberate Practice Sheet helps you keep track of specific tasks you want to improve on, and the feedback you get from each performance. It also allows you to rate your level of skill, enjoyment and habit so that you can see your improvement over time. This paper helps you develop self-mastery.
Experts don’t just practice their craft. Ericsson found that they “deliberately” practice it. This is more than repeating a task over and over. And it’s more than working on tasks you enjoy and already know how to do. Deliberate practice involves concentrated effort on a specific task you can’t do well while getting continual feedback. Experts use continual feedback to improve performance. As performance improves, enjoyment increases, and the task gradually becomes an automatic habit.
The Specific Goal Plan helps you get specific about your goals. It’s a way to clarify the what, why, when, where and how of your goals so that you can better reach them. This paper helps you develop a plan-of-action.
Experts also set their goals differently. They make their goals very specific. They have a clear understanding of the what is it they want to achieve, why they want to achieve it, when they’re going to work on it, where they’re going to work on it and how they’re going to get there. When you make your goals vague, you’ll settle for what’s good enough when the going gets tough. Experts are able reach new heights because they shoot big and have a specific goal plan to get there.
The Chain Calendar allows you to mark an X on the days you do what you tasked yourself. As you stay consistent, you’ll clearly see the chain you make for the entire year. There are also weekly notes to the side for writing about the days you missed, or your weekly accomplishments. This paper helps you develop consistency.
Jerry Seinfeld, one the highest paid comedians ever with an award-winning sitcom, understood this. He revealed that the way he became a better comedian was by creating better jokes. And the way to create better jokes was to write everyday. He marked an X on his calendar for each day he did his task of writing. After a few days, a chain would form. The goal is to not break the chain.