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This episode is sponsored by Kelly Stark

Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step. Karl Lagerfeld

Some of you may be a little confused by the title of todays show because last week I said it was going to be about something completely different - but I had a change of heart after I’d recorded it. An epiphany perhaps. I don’t get much interaction on social media for this show, well I do but it’s generally the same folk all the time, big shout out to you guys, but I suspect that some of you that are listening find it difficult to apply what you learn here.

Today I want to talk again about high level thinking, and of how to use this podcast or other productivity resources and techniques, so that you can get the most out of them.

A little of what you like does you good. But you can have too much of a good thing. Dick King-Smith

I listen to podcasts myself, not nearly enough these last few months, but it’s a something I get a lot out of. I do this podcast partly because I enjoy listening to others, and yes, I do listen to productivity shows. Not to nick ideas, although I daresay they end up coming back in again somewhere down the line, but I listen probably for the same reasons that you listen to this. To motivate me and broaden my mind.

We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Tom Waits

The difficulty I find though is of too much information and that’s why I want to stop and catch breath for a moment today. As I’ve recently completed on a whole load of fight work I find myself, moving back onto what I had originally planned on doing 12 weeks ago and I’m going to build a new plan and an execution strategy to get myself back on track. This plan was inspired by recent episodes, so I want to show you here how I’m combining some of my own lessons to try and propel myself back into activity.

The episodes I’m specifically using are episode 112 Brain Dumps, 99 To Do Lists, 104 Not To Do Lists, 122 The Focus Funnel, 97 Focus On Three Things, 119 Technology Addiction, 103 A Hole In Your Bucket and Episode 72 Smart Goals…. Oh and 105 Parkinson’s Law.

Today I’m doing a brain dump, that’s episode 122, to get everything that’s clogging up my mind onto a white board and out of my head. It’s not too confused up there I think but what’s important here is that I want to apply what I talk about in Episode 98, opening and closing doors and endline as much as I can before I start new things, or restart uninitiated plans. I have one key project that must be completed, that’s a behind the scenes documentary I shot for the Mercy Falls feature, and I want to batch produce and record a few more shows for this show as that will provide me with six or more weeks of elbow room to do other things, but I desperately need to get back onto my own film projects by the end of the week.

That’s part one. Part two is to break down my brain dump by dropping the whole list into the focus funnel I talked about on last week’s show. The focus funnel will help me to generate, to do lists that’s episode 99, a list of tasks and goals that I know I need to do. I’ll combine that list with episode 97 Focus On Three Things so that I do not set out too much for myself todo. Now just as important as what I am going to do, is a list of things which I am not going to do.

Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity. Saint Augustine

A few shows ago, episode 119, I talked about technology addiction and one part of that show was 14 questions to ask yourself to see if you have an addiction. That really hit home for me as I realised, I had formed addictions or at the very least created bad habits associated not only to YouTube, which I was very aware of watching too much of but to food, and a few other things. That’s really what started me thinking about all this and actually led to this episode as these bad habits I have been finding very hard to break. I’d not been well and I’d had a lot of work on the cards so my bad habits had sprung from trying to give myself an easy life when I wasn’t working, and just eating whenever I could get a moment to sit down rather than previous to that busy period when I was able to control not only when I ate but what I ate by preparing it myself and having a real awareness of health and fitness. There’s no two ways about it folks - there is a direct link between our productivity, and our fitness level and what we put into our bodies. Getting control back over these things must therefore become a key part of the plan I am building.

And that leads me back to 104 Not to do lists. I’ll b creating a things not to do list, before I finalise my to do list and choose the up to three things I am going to focus on for the next 30 days. The hole in my bucket (episode 103) is the derailment of my regular swimming routine and focus on eating habits. Breaking those elements down further I can tell you now that my todo lists will involve swimming, walking or exercising every day again and picking my DDP yoga back up and controlling my eating initially by writing a food diary, detailing everything I eat and drink for the 1st 7 day, and then taking action to right that eating pattern.

Eating properly is great. I mean you cut the fat down, cut the cholesterol out, but still you got to get your rest and you got to have some form of exercise. Mike Ditka

This brings me to the final two lessons. SMART goal setting theory, that’s episode 72 btw, will be applied to my main three goals. Those three larger tasks that I am going to focus on over the first month and also to the smaller goals that will be the building blocks of those larger tasks.

The last but not least, Parkinson’s Law, will be applied to the day to day tasks of the todo lists and I will be attempting to apply it to the three main tasks. I am applying that law now as I write this episode, to ensure I get this one in the can today. Parkinson’s law for those that have forgotten is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If I didn’t give myself SMART goals, that’s goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound, I wouldn’t be able to apply Parkinsons Law to them.

And that’s what I’m up to right now. Well not exactly right now as I’m recording a show about it, but the plan informed the show and I felt it was worth sharing with you.

Don’t let yourself et overwhelmed with too much productivity though. Get that high level thinking going and utilise the lessons which work best for you in your current situation.

Life comes at us in waves. We can't predict or control those waves, but we can learn to surf. Dan Millman

That’s today's call to action is to stop for a moment and think. What lessons have I learned here that I can apply to my own life. There are detailed show notes for every episode on the official website so you can look stuff up and listen again if you need to. I want you to choose 2 or more of the lessons you’ve learned and apply them to your own life and career right now. Get thinking about it if you are driving or out and about, but when you get free of that, I wat you to stop and write it down. As I’ve said many times before, you are 42% more likely to succeed in your plans if you write them down so, please do that.

In next week’s show, which is the final episode of season 9 I will be looking at a topic that comes up time and again on the Facebook groups and forums that I frequent for freelancers. Doing stuff for free.

In the mean time I’ll end with some words from Mark Twain who said The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one. Take note folks ads just thinking about all this will get you nowhere fast. You need to take action, and there is no time like the present.

Now take control of your own destiny, keep on shootin’ and join me next time on FILM PRO PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS!

• The music you can hear right now is Adventures by A Himitsu and the exec producer this season is Christopher McPhillips from Artos Digital

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Season 9 Executive Producer: Christopher McPhillips from Artos Digital

2-time winners of 'Social Media Agency of the Year' at the Prestige Awards; Artos Digital specialise in marketing communications, coaching and personal branding. Owner Christopher McPhillips launched the business from his home in Bathgate and now works alongside his wife, Electra, for specialised event-management and fundraising. Enjoying a broad portfolio of clients over the years, ranging from established enterprises to start-up's - a good fit for Artos Digital given their adaptable and agile approach. Christopher and Electra have combined their talents for three significant clients this past year: Reconnect, a SCIO who run the Regal Theatre in Bathgate; Pro2 Wrestling in Ayr; and Puppet Animation Scotland in Edinburgh.

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