Productive: It can have many different meanings and definitions. What does the word ‘productive’ mean to you? I’m sure if we ask several different people, we may get several different answers.
In my opinion, being productive means getting the highest priority level task at this time finished and completed with accuracy. Many different task can be productive and many different task can be counter-productive.
Watching a Youtube video on a subject matter that teaches you a skill is productive if that is the proper task you have at that time. Now, if you interrupt a high-priority task with that video, then it’s not so productive.
You have to learn to prioritize in order to be super productive. The reality is all task need to be completed, so its not about balancing the task it is about making sure you are completing the right task at the right time. Some task come with deadlines, some do not. If your to-do list consist of writing a blog post, emailing a proposal to a potential client, calling on future business, reviewing website analytics, or anything else that may be on your list, you have to figure out a priority list to know which task is most important. If not, you could miss out on a new client, lose current business, or if you work for someone else, get fired.
Focus - This word alone will help you stay productive. How do you stay focused?
1. Work with purpose: Write down your task or goals and keep them in front of you at all times. If you lose purpose, you will lose interest and the task will become less priority for you.
2. Eliminate distraction: It kills us all. It is everywhere. In a world that is ‘Super Connected’ with mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and un-productive people, distractions are everywhere. Find ways to keep them shut out during important times.
3. Not all action is good: Make a list of the actions you know you should quit doing everyday. You know what I’m talking about. It is different for all of us, but we all have those items that should be on a “not to-do list.”
4. Find motivation: Motivation comes from within us. Yes, sometimes the people we are surrounded with will help keep us motivated, but at the end of the day it is up to you. It could be family, money, legacy, promotion, or a number of other things. Find what works for you and embrace it. You can also surround yourself with little reminders like the mug in the picture.
We can all be more productive, and the answers aren’t the same for all of us. They key is to remember that it doesn’t take a BIG change in most cases, just some small sustainable changes that will create the right habits to make you productive.