Far-out Friday: Bruce Lee’s guide to productivity

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Bruce Lee is an international icon for kung fu devotees, but he was also a guru for discipline, productivity and multi-tasking. He was far more than just a film star and martial artist, so it makes sense to look towards the late Enter The Dragon star for tips on how to get the most out of work.

Lifehacker assembled Bruce Lee’s top productivity tips and we’ve boiled it down to Lee’s three five-finger death punches for procrastination.

Be flexible
“Empty your mind: be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. That water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

One of Lee’s most famous quotes, the philosophical musing points towards a need to be flexible. Brokers can learn a lot from this idea – the corporate world is forever changing, and organizations need to change with it. If a broker can be flexible, they can help steer their workforce in the same way.

Be aware of your interactions
“Awareness is without choice, without demand, without anxiety. In that state of mind, there is perception. To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”

Something brokers should be most aware of is interacting with people. Understanding and learning from your interactions with people can help you grow in your profession, but it can also ensure you act with consistency – become aware of how you communicate with colleagues, clients and suppliers to ensure all staff are given equal and fair treatment.

Think and do in equal amounts
“When our mind is tranquil, there will be an occasional pause to its feverish activities, there will be a let-go, and it is only then in the interval between two thoughts that a flash of understanding — understanding, which is not thought — can take place. Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

While Lee is certainly not knocking thinking and pondering on an initiative, failure to act on it when necessary can mean it becomes obsolete. Brokers should remain acutely aware of the changing nature of the workforce, taking action on initiatives as soon as they are viable. It is also important to communicate this effectively.

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