We’ve said this before, but we’ll say it again – productivity is such an ethereal concept. You can’t pick it up, touch it or identify it when it’s taking place.
But when you’re productive, it’s there, bubbling away and ensuring you get right to the bottom of that to-do list.
So, how do we tame this ethereal thing that is productivity? The answer is surprisingly simple and relies on just four essential components.
The good news? We’re all capable of harnessing these components and working them into our daily lives to raise our productivity levels through the roof.
Let’s dive into each one.
1. Your Ability to Plan (Strategically)
What are you doing tomorrow?
On the face of it, that might seem like a ridiculously simple question – but it isn’t.
You see, as humans, we often set ourselves unrealistic targets and goals – sometimes without knowing. And that results in one thing: an inability to get to the bottom of a mounting to-do list.
To avoid this, make sure you plan each day strategically. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and then trim it down to the tasks which you know you can undertake and which are of the highest priority. Everything else can wait.
2. Your Desire to Remain Focused (One Project at a Time!)
This is perhaps the hardest element of productivity, but one which you can master in time.
To remain focused, you need to focus on just one project at a time, and that goes right back to the to-do list planning we noted above.
If you know what you need to do each day, you can tackle each job, one at a time. Don’t flit between tasks; instead, put all of your focus and effort into just one task until it is complete.
Repeat that process throughout the day, every day, and you’ll make mincemeat of your to-do list – trust us.
3. Making the Right Choices
We only have a limited amount of time to play with each day, therefore it figures that it should be put to best use.
This can only happen if you make the right choices.
What really matters? Which tasks or projects can wait until tomorrow, next week or next month? Where are you most likely to be profitable and delight your customers?
Always focus on what matters by choosing the tasks which deliver the biggest bang for your limited time.
4. Your Consistency
We all work at different paces, but the key to remaining productive is keeping a consistent pace.
For you, that might be lightning fast. For others, it might be much slower. Neither way is the right or wrong way – it’s whatever works for each individual.
So, remember – it doesn’t matter how fast or slow you move, as long as you don’t stop doing whatever you’re doing.
Although you can’t ‘see’ productivity, you can feel it, deep down, when it starts to take hold.
By harnessing the four components above, you’ll be able to squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of your work day – consistently.