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4 Productivity Tips from Eleanor Roosevelt

I doubt Eleanor Roosevelt ever used the term “productivity”, at least not in the way we use it today.

But she had many insights into getting the most from life, all of which she recorded in You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.

In her chapter on The Uses of Time, she offers these “hacks” for getting the most out of each day:


1. “Achieve an inner calm.”  Learn to maintain an internal equilibrium as the world swirls around you and you will be able to work in any environment.

2. “Concentrate on the thing at hand.”  Abandon the myth of multitasking and the person or task getting your full attention will be the better for it.

3. “Arrange a routine pattern.”  Create a consistent daily schedule to insure you’re addressing everything that needs to be done, while allowing some flexibility for handling the unexpected.

4. “Maintain a general pattern of good health.”  Take care of your body and it will give you the strength and energy to plow through the day.

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Reading. Writing. Thinking.

I’m reading about

Eleanor Roosevelt.  My book club is reading My Year with Eleanor and I like to read a series of books based around a theme (or as in wine tasting, a flight). I’ve always wanted to learn more about Eleanor Roosevelt, so this is the book flight I’m trying:

I’ve found Franklin and Eleanor a bit dense and have only been able to focus in small sittings.  I also made the mistake of jumping ahead when I got bored and now have to go back and piece together what I’ve missed.

I’m also finally getting to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

I’m writing about...

The “us vs. them” mentality between management and staff. This is something I’ve found particularly prevalent in manufacturing environments.

I’m thinking about…

The science behind why we are more creative and productive in some spaces than in others. Our work environments affect our behavior, so as managers, paying attention to space planning and basic design can have a big impact on organizational culture.

At home, I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated office space (although it’s shared with my husband and often barricaded against the toddler). It’s super functional but not particularly inspiring. So I’m using Pinterest to gather ideas for my dream office.


Functional but boring.

Have you created an inspiring workspace, at home or at the office? I’d love to hear about it!


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