We asked Matt East, a Productivity and High-Performance Coach to share the biggest mistake he sees people make with their productivity. And here’s what he said…
Beginning each day with a lack of clarity, purpose, and intention is definitely the most common mistake I see. Being productive is often about getting back to the basics, and this is a perfect example of that. In research, we see over-and-over that high-performers identify how they want to spend their time and energy each day. They are proactive, not reactive.
If this is something you struggle with, don’t worry. This can be easily solved by identifying your top priorities each morning. As you likely know, priorities are simply areas of your life that are important and meaningful to you. Priorities include projects you’re focusing on at work or home, activities you want to do, or relationships you want to nurture.
Productivity Isn’t About Doing More
I believe being productive isn’t about doing more – just for the sake of doing more. I think it’s the opposite. Productivity is about having clarity about what you want to do, so you can focus on what’s important to you. Having clarity about your priorities is one way to ensure you’re thoughtful and effective with your time. But more importantly, it allows you to begin each day full of possibility. Prioritizing is all about being intentional with your energy. I suggest trying to establish your top-3 priorities each morning before you start your day. This simple exercise can be life-changing.
Identify Your Top-3 Priorities
Here are 11 perfect questions anyone can use to help identify their top-3 priorities each morning. This list is intended to get your ideas flowing.
- If I could only achieve one thing today, what would it be?
- What’s the second most important thing I need to accomplish?
- What’s the third most important?
- What else needs to be done?
- What could I complete today that would make me happy when reflecting on my day?
- What can I do that will move me closer to achieving my goals?
- Are there projects or tasks that others own but I should follow up on?
- What key relationships in my life need my energy today?
- What could I accomplish today that would reduce my stress level?
- What tasks can I delegate to someone else today?
- Is there a task I’m avoiding that I should complete today?
I hope these questions help you identify your priorities each morning. Being intentional about your priorities each day will help you spend your time more productively. Good luck, I believe in you! Let me know if you have any questions. You can easily find my email address on my website at www.matt-east.com.
About the Author
Matt East is one of the world’s leading experts on productivity and high-performance. His books, podcasts, and coaching teach how to plan your day so you can spend more time on the projects, activities, and relationships that are most important and meaningful to you. He’s best known for his one-on-one coaching, where he’s been lucky enough to work with many brilliant creatives, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.
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