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March 7, 2010

Network With Experts

Consider this scenario:  There are 2 people, doing the exact same job, yet one of them get’s the job done quicker.  Is that person smarter than the other?  No, not necessarily.  They have just figured out a more efficient way to do that same task.

Productivity is not about managing time.  Productivity involves accepting the fact that time is inflexible and focusing on ways to use time rationally.  One way to do this is by networking with experts in your field of interest.

Ok, how do you do this?  First, start with listing four basics in your field of expertise.  Now ask yourself, who are the experts related to those basics?  It could be someone you know, someone you work with or it could be someone who’s written a book on the topic.  Who would you seek out if you wanted to increase your knowledge?

I did this the other day.  I was struggling with one of my “basics” and decided to seek out an expert to help me through the process.  After just a one hour conversation, I had a game plan written down and I was on my way. The plan that we came up with would have probably taken me hours to develop on my own – and that’s assuming I would have come up with the same plan.

By networking with experts related to your basics in your field of interest, you’ll gain more knowledge, get more done in less time, and have more time to do the things you want to do.

Check out these 2 websites and let me know what you think:

www.ted.com

www.teach12.com

Have fun with this process.  It truly is a great way to improve your productivity!

Ideas from the GO System training course.

Have a positively productive week!

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