I used to teach time management and, productivity techniques to project teams. Much of what I taught focused on improving productivity, and completing tasks related to a specific project. The focus was on completing the project on time, and getting the product to market as soon as possible.
As I have grown older, I have become more aware of time and the desire to use the time I have left to make a difference in the world. My focus has changed from improving my efficiency to improving my effectiveness.
I think that we all need to focus more on improving our effectiveness.
To accomplish this, I have developed 7 productivity tips for living your life on purpose:
1. Value your time – If you don’t value your time no one else will. Every day you are moving closer to the end of your time on earth, and you can’t turn back the clock. Use the time that you have left to make a difference in the world.
2. Become More Focused – Know your priorities and focus on them. Have a plan for your life and know where you are headed. Eliminate things from your life that don’t fit with your plan.
3. Do The Most Important Thing First – Know what the most important thing that you need to accomplish today is, and do it before you move on to something else!
4. Have A Balanced Life – There is more to life than accomplishing tasks. Make sure that you life is in balance so that you don’t neglect your friends, family, and health.
5. Learn To Say No – The best way to focus on what is important to you, is to eliminate the things that don’t fit with your purpose and plan. The best way to do this is to learn to say no. Eric Wagner says that the word no is the most powerful word that you can use in 2013. You can read his article here.
6. Take A Sabbatical – Find the time to get away and unplug. We all need time to relax and recharge. The benefit of unplugging for a week or two can be invaluable for your spiritual, emotional, relational, and physical health.
7. Review and Reflect – Take time each week, and both quarterly and annually to review and reflect. Review your life plan to make sure that you are achieving your goals. Reflect on your life purpose to make sure that you are still on the right track.
I hope that these productivity tips will help you to live your life more purposefully. If you are interested in more productivity tips, check out this podcast with more productivity tips by Pat Flynn.
Your days are numbered. Are you using each one to make a difference in the world? If not, how can you make better use of tomorrow?