When you finally lay your weary body down at the end of the day, do you feel satisfied with your day’s productivity? Do you feel that you’ve moved an inch closer to accomplishing your goals, or did you move further away?
Think about it. Did you learn something new on the internet today? Did you write just one more article? Did you find out information that will help your home business grow? Were you productive?
If you didn’t make any strives or even inches towards your goal why not? Before you come up with a list of excuses, stop and think. Think about the list of excuses (a.k.a. reasons) why you didn’t accomplish your tasks. Are you blaming it on circumstances or someone else? You are actually more in control of your daily outcome than you think. It’s all in the planning. A little pre-planning can catapult your productivity.
Here’s the trick to increased productivity, which will move you closer to your goals.
- Write everything down.
- Prioritize your list
- Check off your list as you accomplish things.
That’s the secret to success. Millionaires such as Brian Tracey, Jack Canfield, Tommy Newberry, and a host of others all recommend that you write a list of your daily goals, prioritize them, work on them and cross them off when they’re completed.
Does this sound like you?
You wake up in the morning and you have a mental list of things you want to accomplish during the day. You get started on one or two items and then your dog vomits on the carpet or a neighbor stops by and the phone rings. Once you’ve taken care of the vomit, the neighbor and the caller, you can’t remember what you were about to do next, so, either out of frustration or a sense of entitlement (after all you just cleaned up dog vomit), you sit back, make a cup of coffee and soothe yourself because you’ve had a rough day.
If you had a list, you still might have rewarded yourself with that cup of coffee, but you might have had the coffee after you had completed five or six more items on your list so that you would truly feel like you deserved that cup of coffee.
Don’t take my word for it. Try it for a week. Make a to do list, prioritize your items and keep your list with you at all times. When you have a lull or if you can’t remember what you were about to do next, refer to your list. You will get more accomplished in that one week than you normally would have in a month.
Repeat the process daily and watch your productivity increase.