5 Quick Tips to Maximizing Your Productivity
Some of the most successful people in the world are also some of the most productive. What follows are 5 keys that will take your productivity to a whole new level.
Key #1: Start with the End in Mind
Decide what you really want in life. Imagine you’re having a conversation with two versions of you: your future self and your highest self. They are here to guide you, and give you some advice about your legacy- your destiny.
What are you going to be remembered for? What will your legacy be? What do your future and best selves have to say about that? What’s the one problem or cause in the world that you can fix, or can contribute to?
Once you are completely sure of what your purpose and mission on this earth plane are, knowing your purpose makes everything clearer and more effortless. Everything becomes clearer. Your thoughts and your actions align. You become a person of integrity. It’s as if you go from a place of doing, to a place of being.
In essence, you will have moved from the physical plane to the spiritual plane. You are now closer to God or Source. Your higher self is now in control and your energy is more anabolic (creative, inspired and from source)- and less catabolic (the destructive type).
Key #2: Focus on One Thing
Extraordinary results are directly proportionate to the size of your focus. Focus is like a laser beam. The narrower it is the more powerful it is.
Instead of overwhelming yourself with a huge to do list, narrow that list down to a few things. Ideally one thing will stand out as your most important priority. That is your first step. Once that is complete, focus on the next most important thing.
Key #3: Apply the Law of Geometric Progression
Small actions have enormous consequences. That idea isn’t just the hallmark of chaos theory. It is also principal of geometric progression.
In 1983 an article in the American Journal of physics took the science world by surprise. Lorne Whitehead discovered that a single domino could bring knock over a domino that was 50% larger. 18 years later Whitehead’s experiment was reproduced with 8 plywood dominoes.
The first domino was 2 inches tall. Each successive domino was 50% larger than the one before it. The final domino was almost 3 feet tall. The experiment was a success proving that small actions can have enormous consequences. What are the actions you can take today, that although small, can have an enormous consequences? Who is the one person that if you had a powerful conversation with, could take your business to the next level?
Key #4: Leverage Pareto’s Law
In the world of productivity, one of the most important maxims is Pareto’s law. The law simply states that 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. In other words, if you work 10 hours a day, chances are that most of your results are the fruits about two hours your most productive at work. The other eight hours are rather unproductive, and mostly a waste of time.
Take a moment to reflect upon what’s created your success to date. What is the 20% that’s responsible for your success?
Key #5: Avoid the “To Do List” Trap
If you want to be a super achiever, stop being busy and start being effective. Don’t get caught up in creating extensive To do Lists for the sake of being busy. Take a moment each tonight reflect reflect on what you need to do tomorrow. What’s the one thing you can do tomorrow that can get you closer to your legacy?
You know what your mission and purpose are, focus on the one thing that will get you there. You might be left with two or three things that matter most. However only one thing matters most. Do that one thing and then move onto the next thing. Remember that small actions have enormous consequences, so knock down the dominoes that are stacked up close to the big ones. Reflect upon the 20% that’s been most responsible for your success to date. Lastly, trade being busy for being effective.
About the Author
Ascanio Pignatelli helps HR leaders unlock the full promise, energy and creativity of their millennials. Ascanio is an award winning speaker, workshop facilitator, coach, and author of the forthcoming book “Engaging Millennials: How to attract, retain and fully engage the most talented millennials.” His company apex CEO helps executives improve their leadership and communication skills to create more engaging workplaces.