At times, do you feel as though you’re just not being productive enough? You know those times when you just kind of feel like you could give a little more, but for one reason or another you just can’t help but indulge in procrastination. It’s as if you know exactly what it takes to improve productivity, but you just can’t seem to get your act together. Have you ever considered what these habits are costing you and the impact they could potentially have on your future? What regrets might you end up having 10 years from now? Well hopefully the answer will be “none” with the help of the six step productivity process.
1) IDENTIFY WHAT YOU WANT
Improving productivity always begins with knowing exactly what it is you want to accomplish. This of course means setting some concrete goals that will help you stay focused throughout the day. These goals must however be important and meaningful. They must encourage you to work with purpose, urgency and passion. With this in mind, figure out exactly what it is you are working toward and the important reasons why you are pursuing these goals in the first place. Now put your goals into writing and place that piece of paper next to your work desk. This will help you to stay focused on the prize.
2) CONDUCT A TIME AUDIT
Have you ever reached the end of your workday and wondered where on earth your time has gone? There was of course a lot of promise at the start of the day. You had a fantastic plan in place, but for one reason or another, you’re kind of now struggling to figure out how you didn’t manage to get things done. You’re clueless because you weren’t consciously aware, of how you’ve been spending your time. With this in mind, commit yourself to conducting a time audit of how you spend your time over the course of a week. This will help you to pinpoint where improvements can potentially be made.
3) GAIN CLARITY ABOUT YOUR USAGE OF TIME
Having conducted a time audit, you now know exactly how you’re spending your time and where it’s potentially all going down the drain. You now at least have the clarity you need to figure things out. Specifically, you need to figure out how you can potentially utilize your time more efficiently throughout the day. The goal is of course to get more done, and the only means of getting more done is by thinking smarter about the way you go about your work activities. In particular, you must figure out what’s most important and then find time to work on only those things. Eliminate, delegate and outsource everything else.
4) START SMALL, THEN BUILD MOMENTUM
At this stage, it’s of course very easy to get a little overexcited about all these changes you will be making to your work schedule and routine. However, this is where you need to throw a little caution to the wind. Making too many changes too quickly could potentially derail your productive intentions. You need a period of adjustment where you can slowly build momentum over time. To guide yourself through this period, it’s important to figure out how you will make these changes, and then acquire the relevant support, tools and resources you need to help you make this transition successfully.
5) DRAW UP A PLAN OF ACTION
Having outlined the changes you will make, it’s now time to draw up a plan of action for bringing those changes to reality. But what makes up a solid plan of action for improving productivity? Well, most importantly it must help you visualize an optimal path for getting things done. This essentially means outlining exactly what you will do, what you will avoid doing, and how you will adapt when unexpected circumstances arise. Moreover, it means figuring out how to do things move efficiently throughout the day. In other words, don’t just accept how things are. Challenge yourself to do things better.
6) CONDUCT WEEKLY REVIEWS
Remember that time when you got sidetracked and subsequently missed your deadline? Well, that actually happens to the best of us, but it really shouldn’t happen at all; not when you review your progress regularly. Conducting weekly review sessions will help you to stay on track and on target moving toward your goal. These sessions will help you figure out, what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve failed to accomplish, what’s working for you, what’s not working, and the potential adjustments you can make that can help improve your productivity and get you better results.
So there you have it. That’s the six step productivity process that you can use to help increase your productivity and results. This of course is by no means an easy process to follow. It will in fact take a lot of work, effort and thought on your part to implement these changes into your workflow. And it of course doesn’t end there. It’s rather a continuous process of testing, measurement and improvement that challenges you to keep upgrading how you work throughout the day. Only in this way will you continue building the momentum you need to achieve your most important goals and objectives.
Imagine for a moment you could develop new habits and methods of thinking where you naturally and effortlessly adopt these ideas into your life. How would that make you feel? Would you feel more fulfilled, empowered and in control?
Yes, there is such simplicity within this IQ Doodle, but of course there is a reason for that. Making positive change doesn’t need to be a complicated process. It just needs to be a consistent process where we progressively develop new habits-of-mind through repeated exposure and implementation. And that’s what these IQ Doodles are for.
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Want to know more about this topic? Here are some helpful links to articles that you may find of value:
- 8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings @ Entrepreneur
- 10 Simple Steps to Exceptional Daily Productivity @ Inc.
- 11 Expert Tips to Help You be More Productive @ Fast Company
- Breaking Down the Six Step Productivity Process @ IQ Matrix
- How to be the Most Productive Person in Your Office @ The Week