Here are 52 basic productivity strategies to help you maintain focus and achieve your objectives.

This is not an exhaustive list and the language isn’t profound, but its purpose is. Successful leaders, executives and professionals practice them consistently.

You may have practiced many of these basics for years. They have helped get you to where you are now, but isn’t it interesting how the basics keep showing up? Keep improving on the foundational pieces and you will have greater capacity to exceed and excel.

  1.   Use the 80/20 Principle
  2.   Plan Your Day
  3.   Conquer Your To-Do List
  4.   Harness the Power of Three
  5.   Capture Your Thoughts
  6.   Say “No” A Whole Lot More
  7.   Be Accountable
  8.   Prepare for Meetings
  9.   Plan Time for Renewal
  10.   Speak With Clarity
  11.   Create a Shield to Guard Your Time
  12.   Know the Facts
  13.   Persevere
  14.   Adequately Fund Your Actions
  15.   Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities
  16.   Work With a Great Team
  17.   Prepare for People Who Don’t Understand
  18.   Let Your Purpose Determine Your Schedule
  19.   Schedule a Quiet Time
  20.   Don’t Manage Your Image for Others
  21.   Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point
  22.   Enjoy the Journey
  23.   Avoid Using the Word “Should”
  24.   Cultivate Good Friendships
  25.   Focus on One Person at a Time
  26.   Change Pace
  27.   Deal With Things as They Come Up
  28.   Focus on the Assignment, Not the Work Week
  29.   Eliminate Scraps of Paper
  30.   Handle Things the Least Amount of Times Possible
  31.   If it’s Not an Absolute Yes, it’s a No
  32.   Do it Now
  33.   Embrace Failure
  34.   Group Lesser Tasks
  35.   Read Books on Time Management
  36.   Make the Tough Decisions
  37.   Work With a Coach
  38.   Break it Down into Parts
  39.   Get Your Finances in Order
  40.   Do it, Ditch it, Delegate it or Delay it
  41.   Build Character
  42.   Celebrate Individual Steps
  43.   Practice Time In, Time On and Time Out
  44.   STOP
  45.   Make a Strategic Alliance
  46.   Plan for the Unexpected
  47.   Organize Your Files
  48.   Space Your Appointments
  49.   Accomplish More While Traveling
  50.   Create a Not-to-Do List
  51.   Ask the “Want to/Need to” Questions
  52.   Keep Technology at its Simplest Level

The five-day questions, suggestions and invitations to experiment are simple. They will enable you to move from thinking to purpose to action and on to greater effectiveness and success.

Life is made up of habits, strategies and techniques. A small change in one area can result in significant positive change across a broad range of life and leadership areas.

If you put into practice even some of these strategies, you will be a different person and a different leader one year from now. You have here the opportunity to accomplish more things that really matter to you. All 52 are contained in my book, “52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day.”

I have found over the years, in practicing these 52 basic strategies that I experience greater focus and momentum. And I achieve more priorities … the true priorities that make a difference (not to be confused with saying “everything” is a priority).

If we are working together, you can intentionally and regularly focus on incorporating one or two new strategies every month in addition to other things we may be focusing our attention on. In this way you will make considerable personal and professional development gains over our time together.