5 Basic Things You Must to Improve Your Productivity

You have so much to do and so little time to do it all. Despite your best efforts, there seem to be more tasks than there is time.

You’re not alone in this. Many people feel the same way. Having a full play has become very common.

If only you could improve your productivity? You can. Here’s how.

1. Aim

Define your key targets. Being scattered hinders your productivity. You must learn to focus. To do that, you must set clear goals. Your goals dictate which tasks and activities should get your time, attention, and energy.

Without clear goals, you’re at the mercy of whatever task is in front of you, which may not be the best use of your resources.

2. Prioritize

Once you have clear targets, prioritize them to establish which goal should get most of your time. To a great extent increasing your productivity is an exercise in prioritization. In fact, to increase your productivity, you must change your priorities: you must prioritize tasks and activities that give a higher return on your investment of time and effort.

Without priorities, all tasks portray themselves as equally important. However, they’re not, and you must be intentional about establishing your priorities.

3. Plan

Once you know what you should be focusing your efforts on, plan your course. You have many tasks to perform, but you can’t tackle them all at once. You must put them in a sequence and ascribe deadlines to them.

Your plan removes the guesswork as to what task or activity you should work on next. Without a plan, you’re traveling without a map (or without Google Maps). The simple act of planning your work can help you make significant gains in productivity.

4. Act

Nothing happens until you take action. If you do nothing, it does not matter that you have clear goals and priorities. Even with the best plans in the world, you make no progress until you put your feet on the gas and begin to move. That is, you must overcome procrastination.

Procrastination is a productivity killer. If you fall for it, you’ll sap your productivity.

5. Collaborate

That something needs to get done doesn’t mean that it has to get done by you. You can collaborate with others and leverage their experience and expertise. When you collaborate effectively, you boost your productivity dramatically.

What two people can accomplish together is greater than what any one of them can achieve on their own. Find ways to collaborate with others to achieve your priorities.

 

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.