Sometimes you get to the end of the day and say “I didn’t get anything done that I wanted to get done today!” Sometimes that’s unavoidable. Life happens. But I’d argue that most of the time, it IS avoidable.
To be as productive as you can be, you can’t just work your way down a list of to-dos and cross them off. While that might feel productive, it isn’t if you aren’t actually doing the right things. What are the “right” things? That’s what I’m going to talk about in this post.
Doing things other than those may feel productive in the short-term. But soon you’ll realize you did all that work and you’re not that much closer to what you were hoping to accomplish.
Therefore, a big part of this whole process of being more productive isn’t found just in the tasks you’re doing and how you organize them. It’s found in the quality of your project list and actions as it relates to the outcomes you’re hoping for. To be productive, you can’t just fill your project list with anything. They have to be things that will actually deliver the outcomes that you’re shooting for.
This is true productivity.
If you just accomplish a bunch of stuff, but the outcomes aren’t achieved, how productive were you really?
So, the key to maximum productivity is focusing in on the outcomes you desire first, then creating the ideas you believe will create the maximum value toward reaching those desired outcomes with a minimal expenditure of effort.