If you want to double your productivity, set reachable goals that turn you into an achiever. Entrepreneur Bill Gates said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”
Bite-sized goals that you can achieve quickly reward you with the satisfaction of success. Small successes lead to bigger ones. Realistic, measurable goals help you accomplish what you need in a year or ten years.
In the meantime, tackling your daily and weekly goals is just as effective. Over time, you can increase your productivity and achieve more by following a three-step plan.
1 Productivity Assessment at the End of the Week
Let’s begin with where you are now. Whether you already had goals or not, reflect on what brought you here. What did you accomplish?
Whether they are big or small, your achievements are important, so celebrate them. For example, you ate a healthy lunch today. You rocked your job interview. Or you finally bought your dream home. Goals are goals, and they’re all worth recognition.
Assess what you’ve accomplished. What did you do well? What could you have done better? Some people find it difficult to feel proud about what they’ve done. They don’t want to share their achievements because they are humble or feel uncomfortable bragging when they should. A win is a win.
Also, look back at what you’ve done and think about what you could have done better. Could you have reached your goal more efficiently? Could you raise the bar for your next goal a little higher?
If you fail to reach a goal, set aside time to deal with any negative feelings of disappointment. Provide time for self care. Then decide if you should set a different goal or change it. Maybe your goal was unrealistic and needed a stepping stone.
Instead of opening an e-commerce business, first, take a business course. Instead of running long distances, start with shorter ones. The most successful people in the world had to overcome failures.
Evaluating and assessing will improve your productivity and what you can achieve in a week or a year.
2 Check in with Community and Family
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, having community and family support is important for your productivity. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is vital for self care and inspiration.
If you’re an introvert, having a virtual community or “family” is a way to help you recharge. Join Facebook groups with a mission or purpose similar to yours.
You can post anonymously for advice and read other posts for ideas on improving your health, ways to do your work more efficiently, and inspiration from other people’s successes. It may take a while to find the right community, but investing time is worth it. Another advantage of virtual groups is getting in touch with like-minded people worldwide.
If you like being around people, join in-person meet-up groups to be with people who have similar interests as you. Being around people in person has a different energy level than viewing posts on social media or reading about people’s brag moments. Spending time with like-minded people can recharge your energy.
Spending time with close friends and family is another way to recharge and improve productivity. These people are your cheer squad. They celebrate your successes and motivate you to be your best self. They are also there to pick you up when you’re down and set you on your way again.
3 Productivity Assessment for the Coming Week
The third way to improve your productivity for the coming week is to decide what you want to accomplish before the new week begins.
Start with the big picture first. What are your big goals for the week? Decide on one to three things you want to achieve before the next seven days are over. These could be personal goals – such as a fitness goal – or professional goals – such as finishing a major project.
Next, break down your major goals into smaller ones. These are your daily goals. Again, they can be personal or professional daily goals. For example, you plan to run for X minutes every day. Another example is to break down work projects into daily milestones.
When you set daily, manageable goals, you will have a daily feeling of accomplishment. By the end of the week, you will have a series of accomplishments to look back on.
Prepare yourself for the week ahead. Some people choose their work outfits the night before to save time. It’s also efficient to prepare your meals for the week.
Also, set time each day to reflect. Some people meditate. It is a time that you set aside each day to check in with yourself. Too often we focus on getting things done for work or family and forget to check in with ourselves. Are we feeling mentally or physically exhausted? Do we need time for self care?
Finally, set daily goals for continuous learning, even if all you have is five minutes a day. Learn a new word in your native language or another language. Google a faster way to use a computer program that you use at work. Try out a new recipe. They say constant learning keeps the mind young.
To double your productivity, assess where you are now and where you would like to be. Set goals to help you achieve your personal or professional accomplishments. Connect with like-minded people who will motivate you.
Finally, always reflect on your accomplishments. Could you improve, or have you done the best you ever can?
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