Many of us desire, or have desired becoming a productivity guru, with the ability to be able to get everything done on our to-do list and calendar, to the best of our ability, while also having time to have fun and relax. Although this would be amazing if we were able to actually get everything done when we want, all the time, sadly this isn’t the reality for the overwhelming majority of us. Despite this reality, the truth is, we can always increase our productivity and progress more and more every day, and to be able to get more done. In this brief blog, there will be a couple of tips and tricks that can give a good foundation to start this process.
1. Finding Your “WHY?”
The first step that you need to take in order to get more things done is to be able to find out why you want to get more done. This doesn’t seem important to many, and is often overlooked; however, the necessity of doing this cannot be understated. Finding your reason to get more done will be the foundation and driving force that keeps you going, especially when you inevitably feel lazy and unmotivated at one point along this journey.
For some, this reason could be obvious; perhaps you want to have more time to spend with your family, or you want to have more time to start your side hustle or explore a passion. For others, it may not be as obvious, but defining and narrowing down your compelling reason will only help you in the future. One way of being able to find your “why” is to continuously ask yourself what your true and genuine reason for wanting to become more productive is. If that’s certain and unshakable, your resilience will grow and will serve as fuel for maintaining consistency in getting more done.
2. GOAL Setting
The second step to getting more done is to set goals. Be careful though; this isn’t necessarily the same thing as finding your reason for why you want to accomplish more every day. Goal setting is crucial because it establishes your ambitions into clear finish lines that can help you move along a structured path. However, effective goal setting isn’t as simple as saying, “I want to get more done every day.” There are multiple things you need within a singular goal in order for it to be truly effective.
So what does this mean? Since different components exist within a goal, it’s crucial to have each one. One famous and effective acronym that covers these components is a “SMART” goal. The “S” stands for specific, meaning that your goal should be specific and narrow enough so that it’s extremely clear. The “M” stands for measurable; how will you be able to tell when you have accomplished your goal? The “A” stands for attainable; it can’t be too easy to accomplish, but at the same time, and more importantly, it’s not too unrealistic. The “R” stands for relevant, so making sure the goal matters to you, and lastly, the “T” stands for time-bound; give it a deadline! This structure will make your goals more defined and will allow you to get more done.
To conclude, getting more done can seem like a lot of effort, especially when it comes to building the habits that you need to sustain it for a long time. It’s important to be able to start slowly and take baby steps. This can be done by finding your “why” and setting effective goals to further inspire you.