28 Apr Do Great Things – Master the 6 Keys of Productivity
Want to do great things? We all have the same amount or time – there is only so much of invisible stuff we call time in a day.
So, when it comes to just plain getting things done, why do most of us hit the same wall asking, “Where did all the time go”?
Many of us have been known to push beyond what a “normal” day looks like. The typical achiever will squeeze those last few hours out of a day often pushing beyond what’s healthy and at the expense of putting our bodies in an unhealthy state of exhaustion.
On the flip side, why is it that some people hit their action items running? They accomplish most or all of what they set out to do? Not everyone accomplishing his or her goals is stressed and unhealthy.
Those who have figured it out are able to balance projects, and seemingly reach their agendas, without a hitch. They are also able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Seriously. Plenty of experts have written on time management and how to make the most of the time you have. Not feeling like you have a moment to go look those up now? Here’s a go-to for some of the most tried and true.
Figure Out What Motivates You
1.Sometimes our biggest motivators are around the things we love.
Wanting more down time, time to do what you want to do? Maybe you want to be outside, spend time alone, with family, or with your spiritual practice. The answer is clear. You have to create it.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
The thing is, you can use that “passion energy” to be even more productive. The more excitement you have, the more you are going to feel like you can accomplish, the more you will accomplish.
Get clear on what makes you tick – what motivates you and will allow you to get more of what’s really important done.
For example, if you feel like a lackluster job is holding you back, and you’re not certain how to get “unstuck”, figure out the number one motivator to begin looking for other work within your company, check out another company, or begin the process of building your own business. Get insights on what to do when you’re feeling stuck by checking out my chat with Ajit Nawalkha.
2.Believe in yourself.
If you think that motivation comes through when the clouds part like a beam of sunshine you’re partially right. However, if you think you attain it by waiting for it, like the weather, you’re giving up to the powers that be rather than using your own power to create it.
Realizing that you actually have control of sparking that motivation, you’re allowed to turn from the spark of thinking about it into the energy of action.
3.Define What’s Important
Try the productivity hack that sets you up for success. Figure out what, without a doubt, needs to happen. Put it in order, you can reverse engineer your list. For example, list the project that will take a week a do. Make time on your calendar to accomplish a part of it each day. Then go down to the top three items that need to happen today, and go through those without distraction.
4.The One Encounter Rule
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau
Plenty of productivity experts will tell you that there’s a “one touch rule”. If something needs your immediate attention you deal with it one time. Right then and there. The rule is, you either complete it, delegate it or delete it.
Super-productive, busy people know it. When you work smarter, not harder, you are using less energy to do more, and you are getting more done. Check out my article on Simple Tips To Ignite Your Life
6.Action Opens the Doors to Creativity
“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” – Mark Twain
If want creativity to propel you, you need you’ll have an easier time tapping into your right brain, if you get moving and take action. Action promotes creativity because you are in a state of active positivity. One way to cut creativity short is to get into negative thinking. Instead, tell yourself you can do something, you will do it, and then get moving and take a small step toward your larger goal. Watch your creativity expand.
We’re all looking for ways to bring our genius full circle. I hope these tips help you find your momentum.