The simplest and most efficient productivity tool I know (in 15min every morning)

1% better every day at 11:11am - DailyMax #073

I would like to start this newsletter with a quote from Greg McKeown: If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. This may seem obvious to you, yet so few of us "prioritize our lives". Yet this is the most effective way to increase productivity.

If you can identify yourself in any of the following situations, then your potential for improvement is enormous :

  • You plan to make a list of things during the day and end up having done everything but what you planned.

  • You arrive at the office without having defined what your 3 priorities for the day will be.

  • You are addicted to "back-to-back" meetings

  • You often say "I don't have time" or "I have too many things to do".

The most powerful productivity tool I've ever come across is so simple that you might be disappointed. The idea is simply to regain control of your days by prioritizing what is important to you, so you don't let others do it for you.

All you need is a small notebook, a pen and 15 minutes before you start your day. If you sleep for 8 hours (like me), you have 16 hours at your disposal every day. The question to ask yourself is: how do you want to use those 16 hours?

Take your notebook and draw 16 blocks. Then take your todo list for the day or week, and place what's important to you, what you want to accomplish by the end of the day or week, in these 16 blocks.

This exercise will help you to project yourself on your day, to place what you would like to see moving forward and above all to realize that in the end... 16 hours is a lot of time at your disposal!

Normally it should not take you more than 15/30min. Of course, there is no need to be too precise and write everything down to the minute. What we are looking for here is simply to put "what matters" in an agenda to make sure that it happens.

Here is an example from my notebook:

Try doing this exercise every morning for 30 days and you will be amazed by the impact on your productivity!

Need help to try?

Ps : Saying "yes" when we should be saying "no" can seem like a small thing in the moment. But over time, such compromises can create a life of regrets.


ONE QUOTE TO SHARE

  • “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” - Douglas Adams


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ONE QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF

  • Are you doing it because you have to or because you want to? 


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