How to Reclaim Your Productivity

Your days are filled with things to do. One rush after the next. And when your day ends, you’re completely wiped out. You get home, eat, relax, and prepare for the whirlwind of the next day. You repeat this day after day after day.

With such intensity, you expected to be much further down the path of your goals. But you’re not. You’re working hard, expending much energy, yet, your results don’t match your efforts.

There’s a simple reason for this (other than the fact that achieving significant results takes time): you’re doing the wrong things.

You spend your energy extinguishing fires and dealing with pressing matters, and you don’t get the time to deal with high-value issues—at least, not in a significant way.

Prisoner of pressing matters, you don’t have the freedom to tackle the activities that would move the needle for you. And in fact, you may not even know what these are.
Know this. Everything that is pressing isn’t productive. Many of the things that are productive (from a long-term perspective) are not pressing at all. Hence, they’re easy to neglect.

For example, setting time aside to think and strategize and plan is highly productive; the time you spend in preparation you save during execution. However, allocating time for deep thinking can be quite challenging when you have 30 emails on various topics in your inbox.

Many people in such situation make minimal efforts to assess the relative importance of the issues presented in the emails. At best, they weigh those emails against one another but not against the activities of the highest value for their organization and their life. If they did, they would realize that they don’t need to tackle many of these emails now.

In a fast-moving world, many matters present themselves as pressing. But if you remove their mask and overall, you realize that in the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter that much. Surely, they can wait a bit—if not eliminated.

What must you do to escape the oppression of pressing issues? Here’s one idea. Stop, and give yourself time to reflect on what is truly important. What activities, if you did them consistently, would have the most significant impact on your life? My sense is you already know what they are.

Once you have these activities, you must make space for them in your schedule. To do that, you must analyze what is currently occupying the space. You’ll need to drop something of lesser value for something of higher value. You may need to wean yourself out of some of these lesser value activities, as you may be addicted to them.

Changing your ways demands discipline. You must resist the urge to tackle activities merely because they present themselves before you. Don’t sacrifice “the important” just because “the urgent” is yelling louder. Aim to fill your schedule with high-value activities and tasks and see how fast your life progresses.

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.