How to Double Your Personal Productivity in Just 30 Days – 1 – The Art of Prioritizing

How often have you said to yourself, “If only I could get twice as much done as I do now!” The good news is, you can… as long as you have the right method and the motivation to change. In this 3-part series, I’m going to teach you a step-by-step method that will allow you to double your personal productivity in just 30 days. Actually, you could do it in a week, but I prefer to allow for the fact that most people aren’t very consistent at applying new information!

There are 5 mistakes people make that cause them to struggle with low productivity and the feelings of frustration and inadequacy that brings, and I’m willing to bet you’re making some of them every day:

1. Wasting time on tasks you don’t need to do at all

2. Putting time and energy into Low Value Tasks (LVTs); tasks that have little or any impact on your bottom line or your ability to achieve your goals

3. Failing to distinguish LVTs from HVTs (High Value Tasks) correctly and failing to devote 80% of their time and energy to the HVTs

4. Not working on your HVTs when your physical and mental energy is highest

5. Allowing interruptions during your working time

What is an HVT?

A High Value Task is any task that contributes directly or indirectly to achieving your goal. In network marketing or any home business, this means an HVT is a revenue generating activity. Some revenue generating activities give direct and immediate results, such as making an offer to your list or following up with your leads, while others are more indirect, such as writing articles like this one or producing videos about your business. The direct ones generate revenue now and the indirect ones fill your bank account later.

Either way, your success will be directly proportional to the percentage of your working time you spend on those revenue generating activities. And, by the way, the same applies to a health goal, a relationship goal or even a spiritual goal. Since actions bring results, more of the right actions bring the results you want faster.

Consequently, your ability to identify your HVTs and to concentrate on them single-mindedly is your ticket to success. This is the first and most important element in prioritizing your tasks. You’re probably familiar with Dr. Steven Covey’s famous distinction between what seems “urgent” and what’s actually important. It’s no accident that what seems “urgent” is more often than not an LVT, while everything truly important is by definition an HVT. Success, therefore, requires the inner strength to resist the lure of the seemingly urgent.

Prioritizing Your Time and Energy:

Lots of people talk about prioritizing tasks, but few mention the need to prioritize your time and energy. What this means is that after you’ve identified your HVTs, you need to allocate your time and energy to accomplish them. And your success will depend on how consistently you match the Highest Value Tasks with those times of day when your mental and physical energy is at its peak.

For most people, this means first thing in the morning. True, some people can work productively late at night, but for most, creative tasks are best done early in the day. And there is a huge psychological payoff for this – if you can get your top 1-3 priorities off your plate by 10 or 11am, you feel absolutely wonderful! Developing this habit is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your success in business and in life precisely because it gives you a feeling of control over your life, your work and your results.

The Bottom Line:

If you want to double your personal productivity right away, you can do so very easily by following these simple steps:

1. Distinguish your HVTs from your LVTs

2. Devote an increasing percentage of your working time to your HVTs

3. Schedule work on your HVTs for times when your mental and physical energies are at their peak

4. Schedule your HVTs so that you can complete as many of them as possible by mid to late morning each day.

In part-2 of “How to Double Your Personal Productivity in 30 Days,” I’ll share the secrets of preparation – how to prepare yourself and your workspace to guarantee your working time is much more productive than you’ve been used to. See you there!

– Dr. Symeon Rodger