- Plan for Productivity
This might seem obvious, but it’s not. I see thousands of people slaving away at their jobs every day and never planning anything. They don’t plan out their day to make sure they are doing the most important things, and they don’t plan out their year to make sure they are doing the right activities and projects. As a result, they spend too much time on low value tasks that are a waste of their time.
- Keep Your Goals Fresh in Your Mind
Have you ever set a goal and then kind of forgot about it? If so, you know how difficult it is to get back on track when your goals slip your mind. This can be especially true if you fall into the trap of setting vague or weak goals like “I want to be healthier,” or “I want to be more organized,” because these goals are easy to forget about when they aren’t tangible or measurable. Instead of setting vague goals that don’t mean anything to you, try writing down specific goals with measurable targets that keep them top-of-mind. This will help you stay accountable and motivated towards achieving them more easily than vague goals ever could.
- Avoid Busy Work
Don’t waste your time doing busy work unrelated to what matters most for your organization’s success (marketing campaigns vs accounting). When looking at what needs to get done each week take note of the busy work that keeps popping up on your radar screen from others around you; ask yourself if this really needs to get done; does it add value? If not eliminate it! The trick here is remembering not to do something just because someone asked you for it – really consider if this task is aligned with your goals or something else in our organization better suited for accomplishing the goal should do this task instead of you (you’re needed elsewhere); also remember leaving tasks undone doesn’t mean they didn’t need doing but rather an opportunity was missed by those who had been assigned the task (elevate accountability).
- Find Ways To Be More Efficient
Some tasks take longer than necessary because we have poor habits surrounding them – e.g., inefficient methods for entering data into a spreadsheet, typing in passwords incorrectly multiple times before getting it right, emailing unnecessary attachments we could find online instead etc.. Other times we simply avoid certain tasks altogether because we don’t know how best to complete them efficiently – e.g., last minute assignment deadline crunch creates stress resulting in sloppy work product as opposed to working ahead and delivering quality deliverables ahead of schedule… which brings me back yet again: planning pays off!