Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tips For Productivity from Thrive Learning Institute

When we hear the word 'productivity' or we discuss ways to be productive or first instinct is to think about how to be more efficient; how to get more done. This is faulty thinking.

Efficiency, getting a lot done in a small amount of time, means nothing if what were doing so efficiently is completely ineffective. Inversely, even if we do something that is effective (something important) inefficiently we get little done.

The goal is balance and here's a little trick I've found that can help to produce both efficiency and effectiveness:

1. At the beginning of each week write down the most important tasks for you to complete in the next week. Make sure you don't limit yourself to just work goals or just extracurricular goals. Include everything. Make sure these are things that you'd be proud of accomplishing after the week is over. Maybe its exercising 3 times a week or spending quality time with your kids 3 times that week. After you've created a list of 7-20 things you want to do choose 7, one for each day.

2. Now you need to find a place to put these important tasks in your schedule. Do just one per day. You want to keep this simple and straight forward. If you place too many in one day you'll get overwhelmed quickly. The goal here is to create consistent, daily, small victories that will spur you on and build momentum and eventually solid habits.

3. If you want to have a great day schedule the important tasks as early in the day as possible. If you can accomplish your goal for the day before 10am then the rest of the day will feel like smooth sailing even though its just like every other day. This will improve your attitude which will in turn improve your productivity throughout the rest of the day.

4. The last step of this little exercise is just sit back and feel good about getting some important tasks and goals accomplished. Savor the feeling of not only efficiency but also of effectiveness. Then aim for the future bigger, better and more effective goals to accomplish in the coming week.

Thrive Learning Institute knows that starting a business on the side while you have a full-time job and family responsibilities can be very taxing. For this reason we URGE you to develop a system where you work on your business a little bit each day. Doing a little bit every day will keep you sane and help you accomplish much more than trying to block all your responsibilities. Doing that will only cause problems and drama. So sit down take out a pen and do some basic prioritizing. Follow these steps and make your dreams come true!

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