How To Be More Productive?
If you scour the internet you will come across numerous articles on how to be productive. If you were to take all the articles and group them the most common categories will be about:
- How To Deal With Procrastination.
- Effective Goal Setting & SMART Goals.
- Effective Time Management.
- X ways to increase productivity [Replace X with your favorite number]
Not that there is anything wrong with these articles or the information contained is incorrect.
It’s more like treating the symptoms than fixing the problem.
Then there are those fancy tools and leather bound planners and organizers.However no amount of planning is going to make you productive if you do not take action.Apps and Organizers like todoist, wunderlist, and Filofax aid productivity, but in the end they are just tools.
Sometimes all you need is a pen and paper.
So How To Be Productive?
Before I answer that let me ask you
What does being productive mean?
Will you agree if I say Productivity means getting things done?
Now that we agree that productivity means getting things done is it reasonable to assume that you can either get things done by someone or do things yourself?
You need money to get things done.
If you have money would it not make sense to spend some money to get the work done, to free up your time to make even more money?
For Eg: If you earn $10 an hour and there is a task that will need 2 hours of your time but you can have it done by someone else for as less as $5 you should outsource it. If you use the time saved on earning more money, you are not spending $5 but making $15 more.
So by outsourcing the non-essentials and focusing on your core tasks you are making more money by doing less?
What if you don’t have money?
This would mean that instead of spending money (which you don’t have) you will have to spend time to do things.
But you only get 24 hours each day and you can only do so much in one day right?
Well, if you have limited resource you would use it wisely wouldn’t you?
So in this case you will only spend your 24 hours doing things that matter?
Wait, so even if I don’t have money but only time, I will only do things that matter and not everything?
Productivity Is Not about Doing Everything, It is about doing things that matter.
Now that you know what productivity truly means, instead of making a To-Do List, create a “Not To Do List”