Several great thoughts came back from yesterdays T4D question “What do you do to have a more productive day?” In fact more than 5…but I think if I could adopt 5 from what was shared - it would serve me very well. Heck if I really adopted just one…it would increase my productivity. So feel free to cherry pick from the shared wisdom below.
Jae K says,
Hi Kirk, I’ve done a couple of things to help me get & stay on track during the workday:
1) I blocked 30 minutes at the start and 30 minutes at the end of each workday for checking email. That doesn’t mean I never check it during the day, but it helps me stay disciplined about remembering that answering email isn’t my main priority.
2) I’ve kept a Productivity Journal. At the start of the day I would list out my 3 top priorities for the day, and then at the end I would record how I did against them. I wasn’t always successful (because life happens and you don’t always get to do what you want) but when I wasn’t I would just add it to the next day’s Top 3. I also used it to record things that I was grateful for from each day.
In the interest of full disclose, neither of these was my idea, but I can’t recall who from my Twitter feed suggested them.
Renee K shared this list….
When I want to get through my “To Do” or tasks as productively as possible:
Determine time allotment
Set a Productivity Goal
Start at top of list
Complete as many items as possible
Stay focused on list, no other tasks
• Optional: Reward yourself when goal achieved
and finally Daniel Burns our friend from Australia shared these thoughts…
love the post and slapping blog, great imagery at very least.
How do I create the most productive space for myself? I always find it easiest to work backwards here. See if you can follow…
- I am most productive when I am excited
- I am most excited when I feel successful
- I feel successful when I am getting key things done
- I get key things done by first knowing what defines a key thing for me
- I am able to define key things due to spending time in thought about what is important for me to achieve and be in life
- I can then use my measure of importance to know the ones I have to do myself or successfully assign them to someone else to be done at a high quality due to a well constructed team culture
- I get them done myself or by someone else due to my own personal development in time management to manage myself, and leadership to inspire a quality team
- I achieve my own personal development by ensuring a part of every day is dedicated towards it
- I ensure a part of every day is dedicated towards it by making it a priority in my life…
… and I still don’t know that I’m that good at it!
I guess you could say… it’s complex. And how could it not be, when we are talking about one of the toughest skills to master of them all. I did want to try and give as holistic a picture of it as I could though as I think sometimes in trying to be brief we miss what truly goes into the continual journey of mastery of anything
I will stop at 3 - but say Thank you to each person who shared… I am adopting a couple ideas and off to have a more productive day!