Many people have so much to do and they believe that 24 hours is not enough. That is a myth! It’s all about how productive you are each moment of each day. I want to share the secrets of the book to help you increase your daily productivity and accomplish everything you set out to do!
Step 1: Set Goals & Determine Tasks
Our productivity can be limited when we only set goals without determining tasks or we determine tasks without setting goals. The first step to increasing productivity is doing both of those before each day begins. Set the goals of your day and determine the tasks associated with accomplishing each goal. An average person may have around 1-3 goals of each day and 10-15 tasks. Your goals should be the ‘big picture’ accomplishments and the tasks are smaller pieces to the puzzle. For example, one of my goals for today is to burn 1,000 calories at the gym. The tasks associated with that goal are doing high-resistance cardio, an ab workout, and weightlifting. There are 3 tasks associated with accomplishing 1 main goal. By breaking down your day in goals and tasks, it maps out your day and gives you a clearer vision of what needs to be done.
Step 2: Estimate the Completion Time for Each Goal & Task
Once you have determined what needs to be done, now you need to estimate the amount of time it will take to complete each task associated with each goal. Then, add all of the estimated times for each task associated with the particular goal to determine the estimated completion time for that goal.
To continue my previous example,
1) My goal: Burn 1,000 calories at the gym: 1 hour 30 minutes
– Associated Tasks: High-resistance cardio: 60 minutes, Ab workout: 10 minutes, Weightlifting: 20 minutes.
Step 3: Track Yourself Throughout the Day
As you move throughout the day, track the amount of time it took you to complete each task and write it down as the “Actual Completion Time.”
Step 4: Compare & Contrast
Before you go to bed, compare the actual completion time against the estimated completion time for each task and goal. If it took you longer than estimated to complete a goal, then compare and contrast the estimated and actual completion time for the associated tasks to see exactly where you spent more time than necessary.
Step 5: Reflect
Now that you have an idea of your level of productivity for that day, take a moment and reflect. Write down what you can do differently tomorrow so that you can increase your productivity moving forward.