How to Double Your Personal Productivity in Just 30 Days Part 3 – 3 Strategic Secrets

In parts 1 and 2 we talked about how to prioritize your tasks and prepare yourself and your work space. Those are, strictly speaking, tactical considerations, albeit vital ones. However, doubling your personal productivity depends on some work you need to do at the strategic level – work ON your business and not just IN your business.

1. Clarity is the Key:

Before you start implementing the tactical approaches to doubling your productivity that we’ve discussed, you need to take a look at the higher level of planning, the strategic level, and ask yourself:

o What single, overarching goal am I trying to achieve over the next 3-5 years?

o What shorter range goals am I trying to achieve in the next 3-12 months?

o What are my immediate objectives over the next 30-90 days?

o Why do I want to achieve any of these goals, how will this make me feel and am I strongly motivated to reach them?

Nothing is as powerful as clarity. Knowing what, when or even how won’t make you an unstoppable force. Only a strong enough reason WHY confers the inspiration and the power to move forward in spite of all obstacles.

2. Be Ruthless:

Once you’re clear on where you’re going, you need to take a hard look at what you’re actually spending your time on. First, of course, you have to KNOW what you’re really spending your time on each week. The most effective way to do this is to actually log all your activities for an entire week to see where the time really went.

Okay, I admit logging all your activities for a week isn’t fun, but it’s almost always shocking – people are literally speechless when they see how much time they’ve wasted, how little time they really spend working and how unproductive they really are. When the hard evidence is in front of you, you have to face the music – you can no longer deny the truth or continue to delude yourself.

Next you need to make a list of all the work-related task you do each week. Then, beside each one you need to make one of three things: “do it yourself”, “delegate it” or “dynamite it”. You see, there are only three ways of handling a given task – do it yourself, give it to someone else to do or simply drop it because no one will notice if it’s not done (and a surprising percentage of tasks are found in the latter category).

The secret of doubling your productivity is to make absolutely sure you’re doing High Value Tasks almost exclusively, that you’re the person best qualified to do these tasks and that you offload every other task you possibly can. After all, you have the same 24 hours in your day everyone else does, so to start focusing on the tasks that yield the greatest results inevitably means you have to stop throwing away your time and energy on lower value tasks. There’s no other way. Keep in mind that successful people are not successful because they work harder or longer; they’re successful because they use their time better than you do. Now you can join their ranks.

3. The Role of Play and Balance:

Working harder and longer are seldom the answer and certainly won’t double your productivity, which is measured by output per unit of working time. Simply increasing your working time and continuing to work inefficiently is a recipe for frustration.

Decades of studying success have proven that people who are successful over the long term tend to value life-balance much more than unsuccessful people, contrary to what you might expect. They know that “playing hard” is just as important as working hard and that the former is a precondition of the latter.

Ultimately, you’re doing what you’re doing to make yourself and your loved ones happy. However, unless you’re leading a balanced life to get there and giving time to yourself and to the people you love, you’re making yourself more and more unhappy; in other words, you’re on the wrong track. Sticking to a routine of misery will not bring you happiness, not now and not ever. You can never start building a balanced life too soon. It’s essential to doubling your productivity and becoming successful.

If you apply the strategies and tactics I’ve shared with you in this 3-part series, you’ll definitely double your productivity in short order. Once you’ve done that, drop me a line and let me know!