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Simple Ways to Increase Productivity

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Posted 14th March 2012 at 05:41 AM by Noel Cunningham

In the last post I talked a little about Time, and how by implementing an effective Time Management strategy (.i.e. by having a well laid out Plan) we can get ourselves organized and start to see an immediate increase in our Productivity and move close to our end goals.


Well today I’d like to tease out this idea a little further and get into some specific techniques that you can easily use to take your Time Management and Productivity to the next level!


Remember we spoke about having an end goal in mind before you start off on your journey? And you were visualizing what you would like to have achieved in 12 months, 6 months and 3 months from now? Well, now it’s time to break this down further and start knocking these tasks out so you can start hitting your little landmarks, and achieving your BIG goals, in record time!


Introducing…..the mighty “To Do List” and “Daily Did Sheet”

Now, I know some of you may be thinking that these are quite obvious and how much of a bearing can they have on increasing your Productivity?… Well, let me tell you that the significance of these 2 little gems is HUGE!


When my mentor, Alex Jeffrey’s, introduced me to the idea of making out a To Do List and a Daily Did Sheet everyday I thought he was just stalling for time… I thought how much of an impact can such simple procedures have on me achieving my online business goals? Luckily for me I chose to follow his advice and boy am I glad I did!


Every night before I go to bed I plan out the next day and fill out my To Do List. I put an estimate time scale on each task just to help me to stay focused and work as productively as possible. Then when I’m finished I fill out my Daily Did Sheet and you’d be amazed at how good it feels to be able see, right there in black and white, what you achieved that day.


You see, each productive task on that Daily Did Sheet brings me one step closer to achieving my goals. After doing this for a few days I was hooked and I know I’ll never go back to the haphazard, shot-in-the-dark way of working that I did before.


These two techniques couldn’t be easy to implement – as all you need is a pen and paper and you’re set! Just think about how much faster you could achieve your goals if you only spent your time working on the most productive and worthwhile tasks? I think sometimes we make things harder that they have to be, but by utilizing little techniques such as these we can keep things Simple and keep moving forward.


So moving on, the next thing I would like to touch on today is how to know what tasks you should be including on your To Do List to begin with. I raise this point because there is a big difference between spending your limited free time working on a Productive Task (i.e. one that will bring you closer to your end goal) and filling up your day “working” on things that you shouldn’t be doing and could easily be outsourced for pennies!


I think this would be a good place to mention mindmeister.com This is a mind mapping website which is the perfect place to Brainstorm and organize your thoughts and idea’s in an easy to follow format. Simply sign up for a free account and begin to put down all the information that you have running around in your head. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to focus once you can actually see what needs to be done, right there in front of you!


This is great for helping you to decide what to include on your To Do List and what to set aside for a later date or to outsource. It makes it very easy to separate the Productive Tasks from the Time Wasters which will allow you to increase your efficiency immediately.


So today we have discussed the importance of managing time effectively by utilizing the simple little To Do List and Daily Did Sheets. Now don’t forget to brainstorm in the beginning before rushing off and filling up your To Do List with junk! Visit mindmeister.com and sign up for you free account and get organized.


In closing, we all have goals and ambitions – all of which are achievable when we put our minds to it. Depending on what road we choose to travel on we can either get there in record time or run the risk of getting lost along the way and arriving late to the party…


I don’t know about you but I like to arrive early so I can have a good time so add these Simple techniques to your arsenal and put yourself on the fast track to achieving your goals!


Do you have any other methods for managing your time effectively? Care to share? I’d love to hear about them so please leave a comment below and lets all move forward (faster) together!


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- Noel.
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