Productivity Mastery

8 Ways to Rapidly Take Your Productivity To The Next Level - And Keep It There


Create Your Own Experience


Gravity works whether we like it or not.  It works everywhere.  For all time.  For everyone.  At all places.  

Airplanes look different but they must all obey the same principles of flight.  Everything from the Wright brothers' biplane to the Space Shuttles.

In the same way...

Principles of Productivity work whether we like themit or not.  They work everywhere.  For all time.  For everyone.  At all places. 

Systems to get and stay even more produtive look different but they must all obey the same principles of produtivity. From a papre-based system to the latest computers and m obile devices.

Productivity Mastery  gives you the knowledge and skills to implement eight time-proven principles of productivity that will help you to rapidly take your personal productivity to the next level - and keep it there.



Productivity Mastery - How Does It All Work?


This is a modular programme .  You choose your modules to suit your current needs.  You can always enrol for other modules later.

Delivery: We follow a hybrid modality
  • Content is available 24/7 for 100 days afer enrolment.
  • Independent self-study at your own pace. 
  • You can have asynchronous discussions with your facilitator, directly from the content.
  • For 100 days after enrolment you have access to a weekly Open Forum (details below).
  • You are welcome to email, DM or call your facilitators.
Open Forum
  • You can join with any questions about any of the modules you have enrolled for. 
  • You can ask your questions and leave, or you can stay for the full hour.
  • This forum is based on Q&A, and although there could be sections of teaching, there is not a set topic for the session.
  • Platform: Interactive Zoom Meetings (so much better with audio and video).  You join the Forum directly from your module content.
  • Day and  time: Wednesdays 19:05-19:55.
  • Open Forums are not recorded.
  • Each module is an independent course in its own right.
  • The material includes:
    • Self-Evaluation
    • Areas for growth
    • Strategy and everyday actions 
    • Up-to-date content
    • Video segments of 2 - 5 minutes each.
    • Repository of relevant articles and reference to appropriate books, videos and online content.
  • You gain access to the content within 24 hours after enrolment.  The reason is simply that we handle your enrolment with care, and do it manually.
  • Our platform: The Online School of Productivity, hosted on Thinkific, one of the leading platforms for online education.

8 Ways To Rapidly Improve Your Personal Produtivity - And Keep It That Way

Time-proven Productivity Principles And Processes
to Unlock Even More Of Your Productive Potential



Think "Productive": A calm mind is a productive mind. 

Have a calm mind, and don't believe the lies people are so fond of, like "I don't have the time", "I have to do this", "I must repond to emails as they arrive".   Our result are driven by our beleifs - beware that hey are not limiting.

Make your work visible and actionable

Productivity improves when you are crystal clear about what needs to be done - and how that fits in with the bigger picture yor see for your life. The Productivity Decision Tree helps you clarify and prioritse your things to do.

Alignment: Do only things that support your current priorities.

Use daily and weekly reviews to ensure that everything in your calendar and task list is aligned with your goals and priorities. Delegate. Say NO. Understand and then escape your Productivity Bermuda Triangle, where productivity gets lost.


Slow down to speed up: Work at the appropriate pace

Take time when creating action reminders.

Take time off.

Look before your leap.

Make haste slowly.

Avoid rework.


Adaptability:  Adapt to changes in context

Organise similar actions together.

Move easily between contexts.

Be where you are.

Renegotiate commitments with self and others.

Focus: Manage your boundaries

Say “no”.

Don’t “multitask”.

Schedule “no fly zones”.

Stay focused on the job at hand.



Finish what you start: Minimise procrastination and perfectionism

Don’t “multitask”.
Use daily reviews to ensure closure.

Apply the Law of Diminishing Returns.

Reasons for procrastinating.

Learn and Improve:  Learn from my experiences and improve my future

How a time log helps improve planning.

 Interruption log

Use daily and weekly reviews.

Keep on making life easier and better.



Congratulations for taking the next step
in your productivity improvement initiative.


Your Host:  Gerrit Cloete

Gerrit is the ultimate hardworking lazy guy. Working extremely hard to find ways how to get the right things done with as little effort as possible. And when he does, to share it with as many people as possible.

Through his work, he has helped more than 12 000 people in 320 companies in 12 countries to say, 'This is making my life so much easier.' 

Gerrit holds post-graduate degrees in physics, education, and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch.

He enjoys living in Cape Town, where he visits his 'Universities of Life', the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden as well as the Sea Point promenade at least once a week for inspiration.


Your Co-Host:  Duncan Hattingh

As the voicemail message on his cell phone says: ”If I can’t take your call, I am either in a workshop or out cycling!”

Duncan’s industrial engineering background and his love of the “ooh” and “aahhh” moments when people learn a really cool trick in MS Outlook are his inspiration and motivation in helping people use their technology in ways that make them more productive.

Was there life before the Internet, cell phones and gadgets? Duncan’s glad he missed it!

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope our paths cross again soon - on the Open Forum!