Get ready! This post will leave you inspired and ready to have the most productive year yet. Too often we find ourselves distracted by our world around us. The news, Internet, colleagues, family, friends, pets, all play their part in distracting us from getting our work completed.
Being productive helps us focus on the most important things first. By knowing what we need to be doing and getting the work done, we lower our stress and live better lives.
David Allen, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity writes, "Much of the stress that people feel doesn't come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they've started.”
I recently released by brand new, 2016 guide for getting your work done with daily goals. Put it to use each day and you will stop procrastinating and become focused on your goals.
I asked friends across social media for some of their best productivity tips, and they did not disappoint.
5 tips you can use to make this coming year your most productive year yet.
1. Have some kind of spiritual life and make it part of your regular routine. Prayer and/or meditation are great for helping you to order your priorities and focus in on them. And... you'll be a nicer person for it as well! - Jay Pochapin
2. Do a "daily check-in" meeting with an accountability partner (in this case, my wife). It's on our calendar at the same time every morning and serves as an official starting line for our work day. Each of us takes turns discussing our top priorities for the day and any needs that the other person can help us with. - Brett Henley
3. If a task or email takes less than 3 minutes to complete, do it now instead of putting it off until later. - James March
4. I love to set aggressive deadlines. Work expands to fill the time allotted for it, and that shoots me in the foot all the time. I am so much more productive when I recognize that on the front end, push my deadlines forward, and fit in more work! - Jandra Sutton
5. I'm the most productive when I take 5-10 minutes in the morning to focus or meditate. It clears my mind and allows me to shut out anything that could be distracting for what I really need to accomplish. - Eileen Loughman
When I started printing my goals, I became laser focused on what I needed to accomplish each day, week and month. By having my goals printed on a piece of paper in front of me all day, I get everything done.
The document has space for your personal and business goals. It includes a dollar sign box to indicate if the item will earn you money. It has a space for you to make an introduction to two people in your network each day. Plus, it has space so you can focus on your weekly and monthly goals. It's all there.
This method has greatly helped me, so I want to share it with you as a free download. Grab a copy of my 2016 Daily Goals document and get started. I promise it will help you be more focused and productive.
Get ready to have your most productive year yet. Happy 2016.
Leave a comment with your favorite productivity tip.
This article originally appeared in The Tennessean newspaper.