We all have “To Do” Lists – some are longer than others. And some of us have multiple “To Do” Lists. If you’re a mom, a business owner or a high achiever, you’ll know what I mean. So, if you want to increase productivity, read and follow the 3 ridiculously simple steps below.
This ‘increase productivity’ tip made a HUGE difference in my life. And I’ll be honest, sometimes I slip and forget to do it – and that’s when I start to feel overwhelmed and unfocused again (remember I’m a multiple “To-Do” list person).
Luckily, this ‘increase productivity’ tip is a ridiculously simple process that anyone can do. And all you’ll need is a special pad of Post-its. Find a great colour/shape/design that appeals to you (the 3 inch x 3 inch ones are the best size).
So, follow these 3 ridiculously simple steps to increase productivity:
- Every morning (or the night before), write on your special post-it pad the 3 THINGS you MOST want to (or need to) achieve that day. No more, no less. The number shall be 3!
- Start EACH day tackling the first item on your day’s post-it.
- As soon as you finish the first item, LOOK AT YOUR POST-IT again. Cross off the completed item, and tackle the next item. When you finish that (you know what’s coming here), cross it off and LOOK AT YOUR POST-IT. Then you’re done. Fab!Note:If you finish your 3 things with time to spare – great! You can choose to relax OR you can choose to take a look at your “To-Do” Lists again and tackle another item. Feel free to achieve MORE. BUT, DO NOT add extra items to your day’s Post-it. Do not sully your special post-it pad! Part of the magic is in the number 3.
So, why does it work? Well, we lead such busy lives that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important to us. Writing our post-it takes seconds and focuses the mind for the day. This alone can increase productivity. And, when we feel overwhelmed we tend to distract ourselves – maybe on Facebook or by doing less important, but easier tasks. Writing our post-it makes our day (life?) seem more manageable and achievable. And finally, “3 things” are easy to remember – it’s as simple as a-b-c.
In Summary: To increase productivity, write out your 3 things daily. Let your special post-it pad become an ‘anchor’ for you – something your mind associates with increased productivity and success. I guarantee if you keep this up every day for a month you’ll not only impress others, but you’ll feel great and impress yourself!
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