Archive for April, 2011

Consistent, Intentional Productivity

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

I’m always looking for ways to make better use of my time.  My mantra this year is to Be Intentional.  It’s so easy to land on the couch and mindlessly watch TV.  Or sit through seemingly pointless meetings.  Or lose 15 to 20 minutes at a time waiting in a lobby.  Being intentional usually involves planning ahead.

When I don’t plan ahead, I have a tendency to have a few highly productive days then slip back into old habits.  Sometimes when my schedule gets off kilter, I don’t take the time to sit down and think intentionally about what I’m spending my time on vs. what I need to be working on in order to achieve the goals I’ve set for myself.  Brian Tracy encourages us to continually ask ourselves “What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?”

I need an Easy button

This week I was reading Dan Kennedy’s No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs(Great book!) and I came across a simple little tool to add to my productivity arsenal.  Dan has identified one activity that brings him closer to his goal.  He has decided that each day he will do one thing to stimulate demand for his services.  Doing one thing each day that moves him closer to a specific goal is similar to yet easier than The Rule of 5 that Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen used to make Chicken Soup successful.

Narrowing focus to one most important task that must be done each day no matter what, takes some of the thinking and planning out of it.  Less discipline is required to do ONE thing each day.  Focus is easier if we only shoot for one main goal at a time.  I’m thinking this is a good way to work up to The Rule of 5.  Anyone care to join me?