How to Increase Productivity: Your Step-by-Step Plan

Step 1: Set Goals

My biggest piece of advice is to set goals. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but it’s so important! You can have a never-ending list of things to do, but without any direction, you won’t get very far. Writing down your goals helps give you focus and motivation. If something isn’t working out for you, then change it! Don’t be afraid to make changes when and if they are needed. You can always come back and edit your goals later if need be. There’s no way to reach all of your goals perfectly on the first try anyway! That’s why we have versions 2 through infinity haha! My favorite way to set my goals is with the SMART method (specific, measurable, achievable/attainable, realistic/relevant/relevant time frame). The more specific you are about what exactly you want (e.g., “I want more money”), the easier it will be to reach that goal (e.g., “I want $100 in two weeks”). When I write down my SMART goal(s), I usually put them somewhere visible so that I can see them often throughout the day or week. I work too hard to only do it when I have time to write down my goals! That’s why I like to keep a post-it note on my computer, and another somewhere else in the room. It doesn’t matter where you put your goals! Just having them visible is a great way to keep yourself motivated.

Step 2: Don’t Forget About Your Goals

If you’ve decided on some SMART goals, now it’s time for step two: don’t forget about them! This can be hard if your goal is something that’s difficult or takes a long amount of time. You have to stay focused on what you’re trying to accomplish in order for it to work out well in the end. If you start forgetting about your SMART goal(s) or set of goals, then just revise them until they fit better with what you want and where you are now. If it still isn’t working after revising your plan one more time, then try something different from here on out! Remember that there are always other ways of accomplishing things; just make sure not too many things change all at once because that will lead to confusion and general chaos (which means no productivity haha). My go-to method for remembering my goals is making sure I’m really excited about them (and also writing them down somewhere visible!). It helps me feel pumped up enough to follow through with whatever I’ve set out as my goal without slacking off.

Step 3: Set Priorities

Now that you’ve got your goals in motion, it’s time to think about priorities. I find this step is the most difficult one, because deciding what exactly should come first and second and so on can be really hard! But after thinking about it some more, I realized that actually deciding my priorities was pretty easy. It all depends on what you want to accomplish. If you’re trying to accomplish a lot of things at once or in a short amount of time, then figure out which one is the most important to you and stick with that for now! That way at least half of your goals will get done (or rather half of them will get started) before moving onto the next goal. Then you can move on from there ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite method for figuring out my priorities is making sure I write everything down somewhere so I can go back if needed later (I wrote more about this in Step 1). Writing down my goals helps me remember them better than just saying them aloud or thinking about them when no one else is around me haha. In any case, write it down or draw something if needed! This helps keep everything organized so that nothing gets left behind ๐Ÿ™‚

Step 4: Stay Organized and On Task

After writing down your SMART goal(s), not forgetting about those goals, setting up your priorities accordingly… then what? Now comes staying focused on getting those things done! Yes… it’s true.

I hope it was helpful!