Happy New Year!
Did you know that most leaders are only 30%-40% productive each day? Most people spend their days reacting to issues that come up and focus very little on the important key result areas. One of my professional goals last year was to work at 95% productivity every day. I didn’t succeed every day, but having that goal made me focus intensely on increasing my efficiency by blocking out time, planning, focusing on the most important tasks, and getting more done in half a day than most people get done in a week. The results were incredible–I had my most productive and successful year ever, worked less hours, felt less stress, and had more time to focus on some of my personal goals. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you take advantage of the power of each day.
The best book I read in 2012 was The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Although this concept is not new, I find it inspiring to be reminded that small daily changes lead to big results. There is power in TODAY. If you get clear on the top two things you need to accomplish today, and make that a practice EVERY day, where will you be this time next year? Your results will compound and you can literally make dramatic changes in your life. Whether it’s being more productive, improving your leadership skills, reading more books or eating healthier, small actions taken each day will yield great results by the end of the year.
One of the actions I took last year was to read at least 45 minutes a day, five days a week. I read over 25 books, got caught up on all my magazines, and read many professional articles and periodicals that contributed to my professional development.
Here are some questions to help you harness the power of TODAY:
• What big results do I want to accomplish by the end of the year?
• What small steps can I take each day that will compound dramatically over time?
• What are two steps I can take to work at maximum productivity each day?
• How will I measure my results and keep myself on track?
The key is to focus. Most people write a list of lofty goals, only to abandon them after a couple weeks because it is too much change at one time. If you focus on a couple habits at a time, you have a better chance of following through, building momentum, and succeeding.
Wishing you a productive, prosperous, and joyous year!