How and Why to Grade Your Productivity

productivity Apr 27, 2021

Remember report card day when you were young?

How did you feel on those days?

I guess it depends on what letters were on the report card. 😀

To be fully transparent, I rarely had A's on my report card. Every so often, there would be a B. (This had nothing to do with my lack of intelligence, but I was more interested in playing than learning!)

And we won't even talk about what happened when I brought "less than desirable" report cards home because I want to get to the topic of this post: productivity grades.

A few months ago, a guest on The Mark Struczewski Podcast sent me The Five Minute Journal (affiliate link). It has three prompts in the morning and two in the evening. I highly recommend this as a resource.

As much as I like The Five Minute Journal, I don't use the actual journal. Instead, I write out the prompts every day in my bullet journal (affiliate link).


First, I like to have a single journal.

Second, there's power in writing out the prompts and my answers every day.

This brings me to...

Grading your productivity 

The last entry in my bullet journal every night is:


I then assign myself a grade.

And I am brutally honest with myself. If I was not as focused as I wanted to be, I give myself an appropriate grade.

The truth will set me - and you - free!

Before I give myself a grade, I take a moment and think about the day I just finished.

How was my day overall, both professionally and personally?

How to know how your day really went 

I've tried countless journals over the past few years.

Now, I've settled on the bullet journal I mentioned above.

But please don't overthink the journal you use. Find one that works for you and use it.

Write down what you do throughout your day: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Then when you give yourself a productivity grade, you don't have to think too much because all of the information is right there before you.

And I'm comfortable in saying that creating this blog post today will positively affect my productivity grade today! 

Grade your productivity at the end of every day, make the necessary changes, and watch your productivity soar.

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