The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need To Improve Your Personal Productivity

A new take on personal productivity

Productivity is dependant upon three things:

1. A clear understanding of what’s important (your goals come from this).
2. A simple approach.
3. Consistency.

That’s all I do to get a lot of important things done every day. (FYI: it’s 10:57am and I’ve already watched four training videos, called my clients, read my important email messages, written three blog posts, played with my son and had two cups of coffee. )

Do what’s important!

I get a lot of important – this is the key – things done because I only do what is important. I say important a lot in this type of post. Are you starting to catch on?

Here’s how I do it (and you can too)

Let’s break my method down.

First, understand what is important

You have to start with getting an understanding of what is important to you. You have to do this on three levels:

1. What is important to you? (E. g. What makes you tick? For me, it’s all about family).

2. What do I have to do to succeed in my area/s of importance? (E.g. What do you have to do to succeed? For me, the question is “What do I have to do to provide my family with the lifestyle they deserve?”

3. What do I have to do today? (E.g. Which task/s will get me closer to achieving my goals?)

In understanding what is important to you and what you have to do to achieve your goals you simplify your daily activities.

Let’s look at an example

Let’s say you determine that travel is the most important thing to you. Let’s say you determine that you want to travel for at least 6 months each year.

In this case, it would be crazy for you to look for an employee position as you will be moving on every 6 months. Who would employ you?

Knowing what’s important will guide you to roles and options that are more flexible. Perhaps you will create an online business that makes you passive income?

Based on determining what is important you can start acting on only those tasks that get you closer to making enough money in a way that lets you travel every 6 months. This eliminates all the tasks that do not get you closer to that goal.

A quick note: you will have goals on multiple levels. That’s okay. Just understand that at all levels you need to follow the same simple approach.

A simple approach.

The best approach is always a simple approach. I don’t care how complex a situation is. You can always break it down into simple and manageable chunks. Simple is where the results are.

Here is my simple approach:

– Determine the three most important things you can do to achieve your ultimate goals.
– Don’t do anything that doesn’t fit into these three areas.

Couldn’t be simpler. Now, remember simple doesn’t mean easy. The hard work comes at the beginning in determining what’s important.

You have to be consistent

Most systems fail because they are not followed consistently. Perhaps this is because we have a short attention span. You see, this is one of those times that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. “

All systems are only as successful as their component parts and you are the largest component of your own personal productivity system.

A quick review

Let’s recap:

1. Define what’s important.
2. Build your goals and plans based on the important stuff.
3. Choose three key areas that will get you closer to your goals and help you action your plans.
4. Only start (and complete) tasks that fit within these three areas.
5. Rinse and repeat.

Related Posts:

– Seven Ways to Achieve Results
– My Unconventional Approach to Getting Things Done
– How I Tried to Send Myself Crazy
– 5 Things That Suck About Improving Your Personal Productivity
– the 5 Simplest Steps You’ll Ever Take to Simplify Your Life