If there’s one thing we are always looking to improve, it’s our productivity. Our targets to constantly improve and grow means we’re always trying to come up with ways to not only work harder but work smarter.
And in truth, the best way to be successful is to plan for - and we know just how; with a pen, a planner and a book! So, if you’re trying to get organized with these tools in your bid to boost your productivity, then here are a few things you need to try first:
1. Choose your purpose
First of all, what are you looking to get of planning your week ahead? Are you just trying to organize your social and work appointments, or are you trying to track your healthy living? Or are you trying to do all of the above? Because you can, but it’s deciding what you want to do with your planner before you get stuck in, that way it will have a purpose. And you will be reminded of this purpose every time you get it out, it means your goals are serious and you’re not going to get distracted by doodling!
2. Set concrete goals
Remember, that a goal without a deadline or a timeline is just a wish, so if you’re goal-setting then make sure to see a finish line and work towards it. If in six months you want to be in a certain place in your career, mark that date off in your diary and work your way backward. Making sure to set small steps and goals to reach along the way. Make sure to be realistic about your goals too, don’t set goals like “lose four stone in six months” because it’s just not going to happen. Break out of your comfort zone and aim for the stars, but be certain that it’s achievable, otherwise you’ll be feeling more unmotivated.
3. Have the relevant tools to hand
Your planner and your research material go hand in hand, they should be a couple that work together to help you achieve your goals. For example, The Getting Things Done Planner work together as my couple. The Getting Things Done Planner will make sure it happens, because you can write down your to-dos on one side and track your life on the other. Everything from how much water you drink to the amount of exercise you do makes a difference.
4. Have it in front of you
Always have your goals or to-do list right in front of yours! Have your planner open so you can keep tracking as the day goes along. Make sure everything you need to know isn’t stored on your computer somewhere, but written down in front of your eyes. What really keeps me on track and makes sure my to-do list is always completely quite quickly is my Ultimate Week Plan. All I have to do is look down and see my week stretched out in front of me and everything else that is important. Plus, because it never leaves my side when something pops up like an appointment, I can be quick to fill it in and continue!
4. Get colorful
If you’ve got a lot of things going on and a lot of varied goals, it’s best to keep track of them individually, with a color-coding system! It’s one of my favorite things to do and makes me feel super organized and ready to go! It’s a great way to track how much time you need to dedicate to each one and will help you achieve a balance between each goal. Plus, visual representations are a great way to keep track of the progress you’ve made - also, it will make your planner look super pretty!
5. Use it always
What we do with our time is important, especially when it can help boost our productivity. A tip I would give is to spend a few minutes at the start of the day and at the end of the day to write down and track your progress. This will keep you motivated to be more productive when you pick up the list again tomorrow morning. Set future appointments and reflect where you want to be, and this will help you plan your time accordingly, your productivity will skyrocket too!
Get ready for the week ahead with The Ultimate Planning Kit, now and use a copy of The Getting Things Done Planner and The Ultimate Week Plan to plan your perfect week.