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Trying to be Productive

The Bible says in James 4:14 that, “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  Accepting the reality of that should make us more focused on being productive with the time that we have.

When we try a case that includes a claim for a permanent injury, we have to introduce evidence for the jury to consider. That includes a Virginia life expectancy chart. Anyone can look at that chart and determine how many years that the law says that you are expected to live, for the purpose of calculating permanent damages over the remainder of a life.
Unfortunately, that life expectancy table is no guarantee. It usually surprises clients when I tell them that I am going to introduce it. In fact, I have had clients question the amount of time that the law recognizes as their life span and then exclaim, “Wow, I better get busy!”.
Many authors have written on the topic of productivity and efficiency. A recent article in titled “10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments”,  was written by a college graduate who decided, before joining the workforce , that he was going to make an obsessed study of articles, literature and books that discussed lessons on productivity.

I have heard that more people read lists as blogs, than other writings. In this instance, the author successfully puts together his list of ten, which does provide some thought-provoking consideration. The article includes discussion of the ten, but here is the abbreviated list:

1. Work on your highest-leverage tasks to become more productive. (the most value in each area of your life)

2. The three most effective tips are also the most boring: Eat well, Get enough sleep, exercise.

3. Always question blanket productivity advice. ( It’s ok to buck conventional wisdom)

4. Forming good habits makes you more productive automatically.

5. The three ingredients of productivity are time, energy and attention.

6. There’s no single productivity secret, but there are hundreds of tactics.

7.  Working too hard or too much shatters your productivity.

8. The best way to feel motivated is to know why you want to get something done.

9. Becoming more productive is pointless if you’re not kind to yourself in the process.

10. Productivity isn’t about how much you produce; it about how much you accomplish.

The author ends with having you ask yourself everyday, whether you did something valuable with a day of your life. Remembering that life is just a vapor is a good motivator for that thought.

DID YOU KNOW that  Confederate General Henry Heth’s life was spared because of a newspaper? In the Battle of Gettysburg, he was hit in the head by a Union bullet. At the time, he was wearing a hat that was two sizes too large. So, he had folded newspaper inside the band to make it fit. The paper deflected the bullet. The General was knocked unconscious by the force but he recovered and lived another 25 years.

And for pic o’ day:


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