Being more productive is possible. And, quite frankly, not that difficult once you know how.
Here are three ideas for increasing productivity and getting a massive amount of stuff done each day.
What does this mean? According to Google, “demanding careful consideration or application” or “acting or speaking sincerely and in earnest, rather than in a joking or halfhearted manner”.
Question: do you want to get serious? I'm guessing the answer is yes or else why would you be reading this post?
Then...how do you get serious?
Think about what lights you up. What are you passionate about or obsessed about?
For me...it's this! Writing, talking, posting, etc. about productivity. I wake up every day excited about doing what I do.
Are you doing what you love to do, where you love to do it?
If not, address this first.
Maybe you don't like the commute to your job or your boss or...the wallpaper!
Or perhaps you're doing what you do because someone told you (Mom? Dad?) you should.
I believe you should look forward to doing whatever you have to do that day. Life is too short.
Set the right priorities
As I always say, “Tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went”. This means to be intentional.
Three questions to answer:
1. What do you want/need to do today?
2. Who do you need to call?
3. What do you need in order to do what you need today? (You might have to read this question again.)
You probably can’t do everything you want to today…so, prioritize. What is priority #1? Priority #2?
If you have too much to do, remember my ODAE method! What do you have to do that can be outsourced, delegated, automated or eliminated?
Turn your priorities into an action plan
Now that you’ve set your priorities, HOW are you going to do them?
Don’t keep this stuff in your head. Write out your plan of action. This can be in a dedicated planner, your print calendar or just on a legal pad. WHAT you use is not as important as the DOING. Note: finding the right notebook/planner is a form of procrastination.
Once you plan on purpose in writing (the HOW), get moving!