Hello, my friends.
This is the final article in our six-part Productivity series. These are lessons from our archives that are tied to the subject of productivity. In this lesson, I share my Planning and Implementation Tool Kit with you, and it’s all complimentary. Enjoy! This is your last chance to comment below the blog for a chance to win my Top 10 Productivity Tips mini-course absolutely free (a $47 value). We will notify the winner next week!
One of the biggest obstacles to personal and professional productivity is the absence of a plan. You’ve heard me say this time and time again. You ought to have a plan each and every day.
For me, the plan is written out on what I call My Daily Edge. If you’d like a free copy of this tool – the exact one I use daily – enter your information below and click GIVE ME THE EDGE. I am more than happy to share that with you.
Plan Your Work
I start out each day with very, very strong intentionality about the things that will define an effective day…the big rocks that are the highest priorities. I list them on My Daily Edge.
Work Your Plan
I use my extra big and loud timer that helps me focus. It helps many of my clients focus on the task that they are working on as well.
If on your priority list you have allocated 45 minutes for a particular priority, you set this for 45 minutes, hit start, and sure enough, this is now running down to zero, and it helps you stay focused and concentrated on the task at hand.
But unfortunately, if you are like most people, there are interruptions in your world.
So how do you maintain that focus on your highest priorities in a world full of interruptions?
First of all, turn off the sources of distraction.
- Turn off the computer, at least the sound associated with your computer, so you’re not hearing incoming email chirps.
- Turn off your mobile phone or put it on silent mode so you’re not hearing the buzz or the beep of your mobile device.
I’m not talking about all day long and being completely out of contact with the world. I’m talking about during times where you need to be focused and productive.
We can control the gadgets that interrupt us in this way.
But then there are people in our world. Particularly in an office environment, you frequently get people who tap on the door and say, ”‘Got a minute?”
Over the years, I’ve developed and taught many people to use visible signs that discourage unnecessary interruptions. I’m not anti-social. As human beings, we need and want to interact with each other; but I’m talking about a lot of idle chit-chat. There are times to shoot the breeze and bond with each other, and there are times when you need to isolate yourself in order to be productive.
Watch the video above, and I’ll demonstrate some of my techniques for creating this zone of productivity, even in the midst of a busy corporate office.
Now you give it a try. I’m really, really curious to hear your feedback. Just comment below or send me a message to let me know how it has worked out for you.