One question people ask me all the time is: “How can I maximize productivity?”
You can ask the question a million different ways, but the answer always involves a two part solution – Planning + Action Steps!
Before we can talk about a solution, we need to address the problem.
What kind of person works in a way to maximize productivity?
Some people are planners.
Planners could write out a timeline for a project that’s a mile long. They can mind map, and create checklists and to-do’s for days, but they don’t move toward their goals. The goals, plans, and checklists are just sitting around waiting for something to happen. They have good intentions, but these people can’t shift their mindset from planning to implementation. Oftentimes, the planners are stressed out because nothing ever seems to get done!
Other people are the movers + shakers.
They’re constantly running around in circles, getting involved in all kinds of tasks and projects, but projects don’t always get completed. They’re Moving! Going! Doing! Speaking! Booking! Selling!
These go-getters have an outdated to-do list (or none at all!) but they rarely slow down to take a look at what actually needs to be done. They’re stressed out because they can’t find time to slow down because there’s so much to do!
Both of these types of people have good intentions, but they haven’t found the balance between planning and acting in order to maximize productivity and get more things done.
Foolproof steps to maximize productivity
I developed an easy way to keep myself focused on the tasks I need to accomplish in a given day that allows me to plan my priorities along with scheduling the time to get them done. This process helps me maximize productivity because I always know what exactly is on my list, and it allows me to schedule my work time according to my workload.
Follow these 6 steps to effectively plan your actions and implement steps needed to accomplish your goals.
- At the end of each day, take 15 minutes and write down three things that you need to do tomorrow.
- The next morning, review your list and decide when you’ll get them done by marking your calendar.
- During the day, work towards completing them – one at a time.
- At the end of the day, review your list again and cross off what you completed.
- Start tomorrow’s list by adding anything that wasn’t finished from today, and/or add new tasks for the next day.
- Repeat daily to maximize productivity to the MAX!
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I want to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to maximize productivity in order to reach your goals?