The Key That Unlocks Your Productivity

Let’s agree on this. There are more things to do than there is time to do it all.

When you examine your daily workload, most often, you have to conclude that you won’t have enough time to get everything done; there are so many demands placed on you, that you can’t possibly complete it all.

Despite your best efforts, at the end of your workday, there are still items on the to-do list, which will need to be tackle another day.

You know not everything will get done today. But How do you decide which tasks will get done and which will have to wait? That, my friend, is a vital question. The simple answer is you must the “right” things done. If you get 10 things done, but they’re the “wrong” things, what’s the point? It’s way better to get 2 of the “right” things done.

If you get 10 things done, but they’re the “wrong” things, what’s the point? It’s way better to get 2 of the “right” things done.

So what are the “right” things? Well, this depends on one thing: your priorities. In fact, tasks related to your highest priorities should get done first; these tasks are high-value.

Determine Your Priorities

More often than not, your priorities are set by your boss or your organization. What are you paid to do? What are you expected to deliver to your organization, to your clients, or to whoever you serve?

If you’re not sure what your priorities are, ask: ask the person you have to answer to (e.g. usually your boss). Touching base regularly with your boss to know what your priorities for the next period are, is smart. It ensures you know exactly what is expected of you. And this is important to your productivity.

Whether someone else establishes your priorities or you set your own, make sure you’re clear on what they are; as I said, your priorities establish the “right” things you must get done: your high-value activities.

Focus on High-Value Activities

High-value activities are the key to your productivity. Invest your time and energy on these, as they yield a high return. It’s that simple. When most of your efforts are invested in these activities, you make tremendous progress and your results skyrocket.

The challenge with high-value activities is that they’re usually demanding, and because of this, you can be tempted to procrastinate and look for something easier to do.

If you succumb to the temptation, you’ll be active but not productive. You’ll be moving but not progressing.

Minimize Low-Value Activities

Performing low-value activities don’t help you; these activities don’t advance your priorities. They occupy your time but make very little contribution to your results.

Their appeal is that they’re usually easy. Thus, they don’t demand you overcome the “resistance”, which shows up when you have to tackle a demanding task.

Know this tough. This is busy work. You must discipline yourself to minimize your involvement in these. You probably won’t be able to eliminate all low-value activities. Handle them when you have spent all your energy on high-value activities, and you need something easy to fill in the gaps.

In the course of your workday, many activities will demand your attention, and your ability to consistently give your attention to high-value activities is the key that unlocks your productivity.

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.