I’ve been using an awesome new method for increasing my productivity, and it’s working superbly.
For years, I’ve experimented with different productivity strategies and none of them have ever stuck.
Mind you, I work from home, so my days are fairly flexible. However I believe this method will work for anyone who has things to do each day.
Here’s my method.
First, on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper I write down all the tasks I want to complete for the year. This includes everything I can think of that must be done.
As new tasks arise, I update the list. And I cross out those tasks which I’ve completed.
Second, I purchased the At-A-Glance Daily Action Planner that contains one full page per day. This type of planner is essential for the particular method I use.
The planner is 8 x 5, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space on my desk. It also gives me enough room to write down a lot for each day.
Third, each day, I write up an action list for the following day. The key here is to write down 6 actions for the next day. I usually don’t go over 6 and I rarely have less. (I got this idea from Chet Holmes.)
I put the 6 action items in order of priority. So what is most important goes on top.
Appointments, errands, and phone calls do not count toward the 6 actions. The 6 actions are things I want to accomplish for that day beyond duty-bound activities.
Neither do I write down things like “check email,” exercise, and other routine tasks.
What makes up the 6 action items are purely work related.
I also try to be as specific as possible.
For example . . . here’s what one of my pages looks like:
1. Record the overview for the upcoming online course.
2. Write 1 chapter for my upcoming book.
3. Update my 100 best book list.
4. Write a blog post announcing the update.
5. Edit online course workbook and send to designer.
6. Continue to dig up fig tree in backyard.
I intentionally don’t allot a certain amount of time to complete each task as that’s too unpredictable for me.
But some people do and that’s fine.
Fourth, every time complete a task, I line it out with a pen. (Always feels good doing that!)
Fifth, if I fail to complete one of the tasks for the day (which sometimes happens when unexpected events occur during the day), I move the task to the next day.
Sixth, I write out my 6 point action list for the following day.
Rinse and repeat.
This has worked out great for me so I thought I’d share it with you.
What method do you use for staying productive?
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