Today’s blog is going to be about one of the most powerful and effective enablers to any goal or target setting, its all about How to improve your productivity.
Yeah, we can all say that we focus on a task, but do we really? Do we really prioritise our tasks with the available time that we have? Or do we just do “stuff” because it makes us feel good and happy? If we don’t set our time and use it wisely then we will end up in a state of delusion and I can tell you, that’s not a great place to be! Especially at work.
So as you look around your office and workplace, you see people who just naturally just achieve and deliver so much. No matter what they do, either on an individual basis or as a team, they just churn out good quality work and always deliver on time.
The reason for this is because they know what tasks are going to get them the outcome and they know where their time is best spent to produce that added value to the workplace. We must always have value at the forefront of our minds. Always deliver VALUE.
Below are three “Innovate to Success Golden Nuggets” on How to improve your productivity
Prioritise your “needs” against your “likes”
We all “like” to do stuff, it makes us happy and fulfilled. However, what is better than liking stuff is achieving a goal or task that you “needed” to do. We need to have the ability to split our tasks into two categories. The first and most important, are the ones that we “need” to do. These are generally those tasks that have dependences and deliverables for other people. If we don’t do these things then the domino effect takes place and then we have the potential to effect things that are out of our control.
The second category is our “Likes” these contribute to the pleasure principle and when we do these, they make us feel good. The key to a productive and fulfilling day is to blend the pair of them together. Complete some difficult “Need to do” tasks and then reward ourselves with an easier “Like” task. Take control and design your own day.
Schedule time for yourself- book yourself a meeting – with you!
This might sound a little mad, but if you don’t schedule time to take that much needed action, then all you are going to do is think. Thinking doesn’t get stuff done, thinking just helps the dreamers.
So when you are in the planning stage and need a little focus time, or whether you know exactly what it is you want, book a meeting with yourself to commit and complete on the task. Schedule it in your diary and go and have a meeting with yourself. Once it is scheduled then its real and its going to happen. Most importantly – don’t let yourself down and be late!
Eliminate any distraction.
Finally we must make sure that we control our environment. We must be in control on who is going to disrupt us and who is going to help contribute. You don’t need to be rude, but a simple tip to delay a meaningless conversation that someone else might want to have with you is to simply tell them that you will get back to them later on. Give them a time and schedule it back into your day. This way the other person will learn that they can’t just come and disrupt you as they see fit.
In addition to the above, by turning your phone off will help you create that focused environment, because again you are controlling what happens.
These three tips are integrated into my Drive programme, where you can find a FREE version that you can download and access on this site, just look out for my 7 Day Success System below. Focus and prioritisation sits nicely in the fourth section of the programme called VISUALISE, which is all about setting your stall out and really deciding what YOU want.
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Have a great day!