This week we’re welcoming August Turak to the Productivity Giants Series. August is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and contributor for Forbes.com and the BBC. An ex-entrepreneur, August attributes the bulk of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for the past decade. He’s now the founder of the spiritual and educational nonprofit the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation (SKSF).
Read on for August’s definition of productivity, the importance of delegating, and his reasons for becoming a total fitness nut.
There’s no denying that productive people know how to get things done—”getting things done” is pretty much the definition of productivity.
But it’s not the entire definition. At a certain point, if you want to become a productivity powerhouse, it stops being about how much you can get done. None of the world’s most productive people—the CEOs, the gamechangers, the productivity giants—are doing everything themselves. If you want to be truly productive, at some point, you need to learn how to delegate.
Meet the happiest girl in tech – Amy Blankson! Amy is an author, founder, speaker, and writer dedicated to discovering how we can leverage technological advances, apps, and gadgets, in a way that helps us be more productive, while still staying sane and amplifying our happiness. She’s the bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, which teaches modern strategies to balance productivity and life satisfaction in the digital era.
The list goes on! She also co-founded GoodThink, a marketing and advertising agency that specializes in branding and integrated marketing communications, with a client roster that boasts huge brands such as Google, Cigna, and GAP.
Welcome to the third season of The Productivity Giants Series!
We’re so excited to start the new season off strong with our first guest, Jordan Taylor Wright. Jordan is a filmmaker, photographer, and founder of the production company Taylor Cut Films. He creates beautiful and moving commercial films for his clients and currently has an audience of more than 575k Instagram followers.
Guest post by Hillary Pitts, Product Marketing Manager, Consumer Apps at FullContact
We’ve all been there – when the clock strikes 3pm and the afternoon slump settles in on a workday. If I’m going to be honest, I’m at one of those times as I sit here writing this. Productivity crashes are never fun, and they can be hard to bounce back from. Getting back on track doesn’t have to be difficult or require some crazy brain hack.
What do all these people have in common? Obviously, they’re all wildly successful and have achieved goals that seem completely out of reach for most people. But that’s not what we’re talking about. The thing they have in common is how they were able to reach those goals—and that’s by visualization.
Guest post by Aytekin Tank, Founder and CEO of JotForm
In late February, organizers reported that a record-breaking 105,000 people had applied to run the 2018 New York City Marathon. That’s a 34% increase since 2014.
Everywhere I turn, friends and colleagues are setting mammoth goals – like reaching $10 million in revenues, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and yes, running 26.2 consecutive miles.
I support and applaud their ambition. I also want to prepare them for post-marathon syndrome.
This is a state of sadness, letdown, and aimlessness that many people feel after crossing the mythical finish line. It’s a normal and well-documented experience.