Do you know how to be more productive? How to master productivity? How to get the most out of what you do? In this day and age there are dramatic distractions, constant interruptions, technology, multitasking and so many other things going on in your lives that it’s more needed than ever to be productive in what you do.
If somebody is outearning you at a higher level, or they are producing at a higher level, or they are making bigger decisions than you are, then it means that they are putting their whole selves in whatever they are doing. They are amplifying more of themselves.
Ask yourself if you are all in to what you do. If you are not all in to what you are doing, you are never going to be as productive as you possibly can be.
Some people work all the time because they don’t have the discipline to be productive. So, the first thing that you have to tell yourself is that you’ll be productive instead of working all the time.
What is really productivity?
Productivity is progressing and commitment towards your ideal life and your ideal vision. Don’t mistake business for productivity, because you can be busy doing a lot of things but you need to make sure that what you are doing is congruent to the goals that you have and the person that you want to become in the future.
Productivity is not about working all the time, it’s about progressing towards your greatest accomplishments.
Being more productive will give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family, to have more free time to do what you love, to travel, etc.
Sometimes, just the thought of spending a lot more time with your loved ones and a lot more time travelling and doing what you want, will cause you to be more productive.
How to skyrocket productivity
Create a One Page Productivity Plan
A one page productivity plan gives you clarity of your goals. Clarity precedes mastery. Clarity is power.
5% of people write their goals and priorities down, 95% don’t. Those 5% that write their goals down make more money combined than all 95% that don’t write their goals down. You need to make sure to write your goals down, and the productivity shift that you have to make is to move from complexity to simplicity. Get rid of all the complexity into a simple one page productivity plan of what really matters.
Get clear on your masterpiece. You’ll never hit a target you can’t see. You always have to focus on the activities and the daily actions that are only congruent with who you want to become and your ultimate vision.
Your one page productivity plan always starts with a vision statement. A statement of who you want to become, your magnificent obsession statement. What you are going to be all about for the next 12 months.
Then you are going to write your three core values, the three things that are really important to you. What three words are going to describe you in the next 12 months?
The next section of the one page productivity plan contains the Big Five things that need to happen in the next 12 months to make your year exceptional. Remember, shift away from complexity into simplicity.
Next you are going to write a couple of quotes that mean a lot to you. They don’t have to be quotes that just inspire you, but they have to be real quotes that make you think and inspire you to take bold and intelligent action.
Now you have to look at this one page productivity plan a couple of times a week and make sure that you are readjusting your actions to make sure that everything is congruent with your big goals. This is how you become more productive.
Pre-determine Your Outcome
Never start your week without it written on paper first. Your scheduler, your planner and your calendar are the reflection of your integrity.
People that just let life go by, that have nothing planned and just react throughout the week, never get as much done as they can and they are letting their weeks run them versus them running their weeks. The only way to be productive is by running your weeks based on your goals and your ultimate vision for you, your family, your company and your success.
Deciding what’s important before the week starts is a very big key to making sure that everything gets done throughout the week. Something that’s common in all successful people is that what they schedule, they get it done.
Build your days and weeks around your goals and priorities and not around other people’s goals and priorities. Ask yourself how large your intentions are each day. Your intentions each day should give you something magnificent and should be very big in terms of what you want to accomplish. Don’t let another week go by where you aren’t making progress towards your Big Five.
There are also four productivity questions that you can ask yourself to make sure that you plan your weeks in an intelligent and productive way.
- What must happen to keep results moving forward? Results must be created in your life whether you feel like it or not.
- What important conversations do you need to have? The better and more productive conversations you have, the more productive you will be.
- What are you going to create this week? The root word of productivity is produce, so get new things done every single week.
- What are the three things that you must accomplish this week to move closer towards your goal? If you don’t think about your ultimate goal, then you start reacting and doing things that other people want you to do versus what really matters to you and your priorities.