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.
- Use the 80/20 Principle
- Plan Your Day
- Conquer Your To-Do List
- Harness the Power of Three
- Capture Your Thoughts
- Say “No” A Whole Lot More
- Be Accountable
- Prepare for Meetings
- Plan Time for Renewal
- Speak With Clarity
- Create a Shield to Guard Your Time
- Know the Facts
- Adequately Fund Your Actions
- Relieve Yourself of Other Responsibilities
- Work With a Great Team
- Prepare for People Who Don’t Understand
- Let Your Purpose Determine Your Schedule
- Schedule a Quiet Time
- Don’t Manage Your Image for Others
- Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point
- Enjoy the Journey
- Avoid Using the Word “Should”
- Cultivate Good Friendships
- Focus on One Person at a Time
- Change Pace
- Deal With Things as They Come Up
- Focus on the Assignment, Not the Work Week
- Eliminate Scraps of Paper
- Handle Things the Least Amount of Times Possible
- If it’s Not an Absolute Yes, it’s a No
- Do it Now
- Embrace Failure
- Group Lesser Tasks
- Read Books on Time Management
- Make the Tough Decisions
- Work With a Coach
- Break it Down into Parts
- Get Your Finances in Order
- Do it, Ditch it, Delegate it or Delay it
- Build Character
- Celebrate Individual Steps
- Practice Time In, Time On and Time Out
- Make a Strategic Alliance
- Plan for the Unexpected
- Organize Your Files
- Space Your Appointments
- Accomplish More While Traveling
- Create a Not-to-Do List
- Ask the “Want to/Need to” Questions
- 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.