Five Minutes to Greater Productivity

Top Three Things for ProductivityHere is a quick tip to improve your productivity.

Have you ever reached the end of your day and looked back to wonder where did all of your time go?

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? 

Productivity means nothing more than getting done those things you intended to do.

So, how do you decide every day which activities will get your focus?

If you are like many solopreneurs, the activity that gets your focus may be the one driven by the latest crisis. This is no way to run your business, and is a surefire way to ensure that you are not moving toward your goals. I have applied a simple 5-minute strategy that adds an element of calm to my otherwise hectic day. This strategy ensures that my most important tasks are getting done. Do not let someone else’s crisis ruin your day.

Here is the strategy I employ to determine my Top Three Things For Today.

  1. Spend 5 minutes first thing in the morning looking at your calendar for the day and the upcoming week. Is there anything coming up that you need to prepare for? If so, write it down on your list.
  2. Take a look at your TO DO list. Is there anything on there that needs your attention today? If so, write it down.
  3. Take a look at the list you have written. Do these activities deserve your time, energy, and talent today?  If so, you have a plan. If not, revisit steps 1 and 2 to really hone in on what is important today.
  4. Finally, schedule one hour of uninterrupted time on your calendar to work on these top 3 things. Turn off your email, phone, and texts. You will amaze yourself with how much you can accomplish with this simple strategy.

Writing down your Top Three Things serves two purposes.

  • First, it clarifies in your own mind what you need to focus on – clearing your brain of the clutter from everything else vying for your attention.
  • Second, writing it down provides an element of accountability. If it is written down, you are much more likely to get it done – hence you are more productive.

At the end of the day, I look back over my Top Three Things. Did I manage to get my top three things done? If not, why not? Did I succumb to someone else’s crisis?

This little system is simple – but highly effective. Using this system will enhance your productivity.

Go ahead and give it a try.  Let me know how it works for you.