Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vision + Planning + Productivity = Increased Results

What are the benefits of being a productive person?

To produce is to achieve what ever you want to achieve, it really is that simple! 

If you want to increase your fitness you must be productive in your exercise regime, if you want to write a book you must produce the biography, the love story or the self help book for your industry, one page or chapter at a time

The benefits of productivity are the results of what you are doing, so if you are consistently procrastinating because you want things to be perfect, you are not going to make progress (no action = no results). If you are working at perfecting everything before you move on; there are tasks you will never complete.  A truly productive person is looking for the results of their action or activity to be able to move forward. 

Here is an example of a perfectionists issue:
(Doris's problem) My website hasn't been launched yet as its not perfect, as a result of not launching my website I am not making money, I can't make any money if I don't launch my website, but it's not perfect. 
Solution - launch the site and make the changes as its being used, consumer use will identify areas for improvement and feedback will identify usability issues that web designers can fix on the go.  

As Jim Rohn and many other philosophers would say "you must sow the seeds to reap the rewards of your hard work". 

Why become a productive person?

If you sit back and reflect on your vision and your goals then the WHY becomes pretty clear.

Why become a productive person? So you can get done all the things that need to be done in the most efficient way possible. I'm not talking about cutting corners that you shouldn't be cutting, I'm talking about being so efficient that you then have more time to do the things you want to do that may not be career focused or income focused. Let me give you some examples,

  • I write my blogs early in the morning because I think more clearly in the morning, ideas flow and then I can get on with the day.
  • If you are in sales you have to be super productive because you only have so many hours in the working day to make calls and meet with prospective clients, so being productive prior to 9am is imperative in your planning, then making the most of the hours between 9-5 for income producing activity is going to mean greater opportunities to develop more revenue and build client relationships.
  • Planning the day before it starts, planning the month before it starts gives you greater focus and less opportunity for distraction and procrastination.
  • Using your diary as a tool to keep you on time and prepared for your meetings. If its in the diary stick to it. What has not been done needs to move to the next day, so you become more focused on completing the tasks each day as you know adding more to a full day can create pressure.
  • Being productive and ticking things off can provide a great sense of accomplishment
This is not a To Do list we are talking about here, this is a productive life that gives you balance and reduces pressure because you are getting all the things you need to get done, done.

Productivity increases when you are organised?

When you are organised and ticking the tasks off you are reinforcing in your own mind that you can be organised, that you are on the right path and that you are a step closer to achieving the goals that you set out to achieve.

If you are planning too many things in your day and can not possibly get them all done you are setting yourself up for failure. At times we also go in for the negative self talk and this is detrimental to becoming more productive.

If your reading this and saying I don't want to be more productive, I like how I do things, then stop reading, this is not the BLOG for you......and that's ok! 

If you do want know more, think about a few of the following tips to be able to get into a routine of increased productivity.

How to Become a Productive Person

To become a more productive person it is obvious you have to do differently to what you have done in the past. It is super important to find your own flow or best practice, because we all know what works for me may not work for you. To find my flow I have to give other strategies a go till I get one or more that work for me, you will need to do the same. Trial and error are the key here.
  • Think about what you want to achieve in your day the night before and jot some notes down. This is also helpful when you have a challenge you want to resolve, think of the problem and then ask for solutions, look at the challenge from different angles and then sleep on it. This is not worry, this is a solution finding technique.
  • Write down your top 5 tasks in order of priority, do the most challenging first to get it out of the way and ensure you are not procrastinating. (Eat the frog is a great E-book to help with procrastination)
  • Review your day and move anything outstanding to the next day as the high priority. 
  • Delegate what you can, to enable to you focus on the more important tasks.
  • Identify what needs to be done in business hours and what can be done in after hour depending on your job role. Prioritise your tasks in this way to ensure focus is maintained.
  • Review what you are doing and what is working, if something isn't working then adjust accordingly until you find your own flow and best practice to get the results you are looking for.

Vision + Planning + Productivity = Increased Results

Go forth and get great results, Donna Moulds

#mantratraining #success #

Other Blogs that may assist in productivity:

Goal setting and Vision Boards

Learn to do your best and not compare yourself to others

Success follows consistent action

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