Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
— Paul J. Meyer
As we saw on the last article, being productive is not easy, and it’s not for everyone, but there are several ways to learn to get things done and to avoid procrastination. We mentioned the importance of some very useful tools such as the silver page and the to-do list, but there is more.
Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.
— Joseph B. Wirthlin
Let’s see which instruments can be used to boost productivity.
Do’t Do List
Power is the ability to get things done.
— Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Have you ever thought about writing a don’t do-list?
As its name suggests, it’s a list where you write all the things you shouldn’t do during your day.
– Don’t use Whatsapp from 8 am until noon.
– Don’t use Facebook before 6 pm.
– Don’t watch TV before dinner.
– Don’t use Instagram before 6 pm.
– Don’t use Twitter before 6 pm.
It’s a very useful and powerful tool for your productivity, that combined with all the good habits mentioned in this article and in “How To Really Get Things Done: Part One“, will improve your time management avoiding useless waste of time.
Golden Page? And what the heck is this now?
Very simple: you have to keep track of all the goals and results that you achieve.
First of all, make sure to use a paper or a computer file that you can easily find and access – the paper version has a stronger impact on the way you will feel after reading it, in other words it has a stronger impact on your self-esteem and motivation, believe me. –
Next, write on it all your short-term and long-term accomplishments, and update it every time you reach a goal, whatever it is.
The Golden Page is among the best tools to always keep you motivated and determined.
Just try it and let me know.
Set A Timer
One of the best ways to be productive is focusing on what you’re doing, avoiding distractions and without stopping.
And it’s not a secret.
But this should be done following a precise method, which is focusing for a given period of time avoiding any kind of distractions – for example 25 minutes, 30 minutes or 45 minutes – and take a break of 5 to 8 minutes.
Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before.
— Franz Kafka
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