Productivity is one element of high performers who engage in activities that are effective and efficient. Read my post on Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy
High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.
Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.
In the High Performance Model, productivity is about focusing your energies on meaningful endeavors – getting the right things done for your own agenda. To ensure you are engaging in the right activities, first you need to plan out your end goals. What do you want to achieve in life? From a final end goal, you then work backwards writing down the tasks and steps to be completed to achieve this goal.
High Performance in Daily Life
Staying productive and on task each day can be a challenge when you are constantly putting out fires and managing urgent (but not important) tasks. You need to design your own schedule each day rather than letting other people’s agendas interrupt your day. To help with the challenge of staying productive on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis, I have taken what I learned from Brendon Burchard’s seminar and tied it in with the brain science trainings from Cahaya Mind, to create a productivity guide for each morning. It includes three big picture goals I am targeting and the steps involved to complete those goals.
Either the evening before, or first thing in the morning, fill out this daily planner to keep your schedule on track for your greater agenda. Inboxes are a huge distraction, so unless you are in customer service, plan out who you need to contact before you start going through your emails. Make a list of people you need to contact and who you are waiting to hear from and approach these tasks first thing in the morning (they should be related to your big picture goals or revenue producing tasks). Instead of reading all your emails, just search for messages from the particular people that you are waiting to hear from. Don’t let your inbox, and other people’s agendas , control your day. Check email only during certain time periods.
Next, plan out your monthly, weekly and daily tasks that are all focused on achieving the big picture goals mentioned earlier in this article. This is the hardest part but also the best way to stay on task. First you create your monthly tasks and determine what needs to be achieved to move forward, then you choose weekly tasks that are working to fulfill your monthly goals. Finally, create daily tasks based on the people you need to contact and the weekly goals that you need to complete. By breaking these long-term goals into smaller, more manageable tasks, and tracking yourself and your activities, you can work to increase your productivity.
Our brain can only process 4 complete tasks a day and ideally you should only fill out 4 tasks for the month, week and year, however, I have added an extra line for more space and in case anything turns up.
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Brendon Burchard on Productivity
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