It is important to step back and ask:

  • Why do I want to become more productive?
  • What exactly do I want to accomplish?

Always remember that there is a risk that we may become productive at tasks that truly don’t matter. Productivity therefore doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

Before you consider becoming more productive, start thinking about your vision:

  • What is it you truly want to have accomplished in the coming week, month, year?
  • Why this?
  • Why is it important to you?

Keep asking more Why questions until you have completely exhausted your thinking. This can take time! For reference, I typically find that lists of accomplishments tend to get shorter the further we look into the future.

Once you feel you have clarity, work backwards and ensure that absolutely everything you do today aligns with what it is you want to have accomplished in the future. You will then truly become more productive.

If you want to explore this further, Episode 3 of the Time Academy Podcast entitled Productivity and Not Being Enough will offer a slightly different perception to what you may commonly have encountered.