3 Steps To Massive Productivity

This week we will be discussing Time Management. As you know, we all have the same amount of time so it’s not time management, it’s PRIORITY MANAGEMENT!

3 Steps To Massive Productivity

How can I change poor time habits that are stopping me from completing anything?
From my experience, poor time management comes down to one of a few problems. If you’re having problems managing your time and getting things done, chances are you’re falling down in one or more of these areas:

1. The wimpy or non-existent reason WHY you’re doing what you’re doing (“what’s the point?”);

2. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of your to-do list;

3. Or, you have no clue “where to start” or what to do next.
So here’s what I do when time seems to slip away and nothing gets done.
Step 1 – Write down your #1 Current Goal / Project on a piece of paper. Get very clear on the #1 priority in your life right now. Too many priorities and too many projects mean nothing gets done. Pick one and STICK with it until it’s done. It won’t happen any other way.
Step 2 – Get very clear on WHY you’re taking action. Write down WHY you’re taking action on the same piece of paper directly under your current goal or projectThis gives you leverage on yourself when things get tough. Also, it helps your subconscious understand why what you’re doing is important and where it “fits” in the big picture of your life. Hang this piece of paper on the wall in front of your computer where you can see it at all times, even out of the corner of your eye. This serves as a focal point and a visual reminder of your #1 project right now.
Step 3 – Write down the NEXT 3 (and only 3) Actions you need to take to reach the goal or complete the project.
You might have a master list of 15 action items. That’s fine. Keep it in a drawer and don’t pull it out again until you’ve completed the next 3 action items. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Write those 3 action items on a post-it note and paste it on the side of your monitor so they remain in front of you until they get done.
Don’t do anything else until these three action items are completed! Now, a couple of thoughts on this VERY effective 3-step process:
• If you must wait on someone else to do something – like graphics, layout, design, etc. – then move on to the next ACTION item immediately. Very rarely will you find yourself in a position with “nothing to do.”
• Avoid distractions like phone, TV, radio, and walk-in interruptions
The reason why this 3-step process works is very simple: it gets you very CLEAR on WHAT your #1 priority is; it gets you very CLEAR on WHY you’re taking action; it keeps you focused on ACTION while avoiding overwhelm.
Bottom Line: Focus, know why (PRIORITY) you’re taking action, and have the guts to go to work and do what you gotta do!
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