Productivity: Learn it from the Best in Your Business

Posted November 11, 2012 by Marcy Farrey in Features
When it comes to productivity, we look at the people we idolize and think, “How do they do it all?” We read their books, we listen to them speak — all in hopes that we’ll hear their secret to success.

As a videographer, writer, and wanna-be documentarian, I was excited to hear filmmaker Ken Burns speak at a recent event. He talked about the many projects his team has in the works — all documentaries that are more than an hour long and involve an intensive research, interviewing, and editing process. So many stories to tell at one time — which basically, to me, sounded like heaven! One woman in the audience asked him how he managed all of these projects at once.

Burns described his many projects like planes: all of them different sizes, with a different number of passengers, coming in for landing at different times. Basically, it’s all about timing and balance. He is able to handle one that is landing, one in mid-flight, and a few taking off or sitting on the runway. Naturally, I found this concept brilliant, and left newly inspired to manage my many airplanes.

It’s not really about finding the one specific secret or tip these individuals can give — there isn’t a key that will instantly work for every person. When it comes to productivity and motivation, we have to find what works for us. But what’s really great about hearing from these experts is that inspiration we feel, that spark that reminds us why we’re doing what we’re doing and why we need to keep doing it.

So, with that in mind, here’s a great link to some of the best productivity secrets from successful people. OnlineMBA put together this fun infographic that might give you a little boost:


About the Author

Marcy Farrey

Marcy Farrey is a videographer, writer, and editor. In her previous life, she worked as a broadcast news reporter and producer in Lincoln, Nebraska and as a writer and producer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. Learn more about Marcy on her website

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