We all have the same number of hours in a day to create our life moving forward. Some people achieve monumental things and others achieve very little, but we all create our future by what we achieve in the present. You can improve your future by finding and implementing these 6 steps to improve your productivity.

How would you rate your productivity? If there’s room for improvement you’re in the right place because I’m going to show you have to create a Productivity Blueprint that is uniquely yours. You can download a template at the bottom of this page  or you can create your own as we go along.

Step One: Get Clear About What You Want To Achieve and Why.

Get clear about what you're doing will give youTake some time to get crystal clear on what you’re trying to achieve, why you’re trying to achieve it and what you want your future to look like.

  • What will you be doing?
  • Where will you be living?
  • How will you be feeling?

Having a clear picture of why you’re doing and what it’s going to mean for you and your family is great for your productivity.

Step Two: What Is The Cost Of Your Goals?

To take your goals from pie in the sky to something solid that you will use to improve your productivity every day, you need to figure out how much money, how much time or how much work you need to achieve them.

Again you don’t need to go into too much detail. Just come up with an approximate monthly, weekly or daily figure that you believe will get you were you want to be.

If you find the numbers too scary you can always pare back your goals. Goals can always be upgraded along the way. You want to set goals that are inspiring and challenging but that you actually believe you can achieve in the foreseeable future.

Setting and achieving goals is a strength worth building. If it’s not something you’ve done much of practise by setting some mini goals on your way to the bigger ones. There is nothing more motivating for your productivity than achievement.

It’s also important to preserve the non-monetary elements of your life. If you think you’ll be working evenings, as well as weekends to achieve your goals you are going to burn out and probably destroy important relationships, as well as your health.

Step Three: Strategise

Create a direct link between the hours in your days and your goals. What activities do you think that you need to be doing to achieve your goals? Create a list of daily activities and projects that you’re using to meet your goals.

Keep in mind that if  you’re just starting out you don’t really know which activities will move you towards your goals most powerfully so your strategy will need to be flexible until you find what works for you. Then it’s just a matter of building your strategy around those key activities.

Step Four: Know Thyself

We are unique and we all work differently. So while we can pick up tips and strategies to improve our productivity, what works to improve one person’s productivity will not work for another. If you’re in your fifties like me for example, and have yet to master working to a routine, it’s probably because routines don’t work for you.
Take a few days to pay attention to how and when you work the best so that you can refine your work practices accordingly. Improving productivity is not always about changing the way you operate, it can be about doing what you’re doing now, better, paying attention to yourself and tweaking things for continuous improvement.

I work best in the mornings so I try to get as much work done in the mornings that requires a lot of brain-power as I can, and yes sometimes that involves working from bed. I love working from bed, I feel so free and cosy. Hubby on the other hand, can’t think of anything worse than working in bed and literally shudders when he looks in on my bed office. He can’t achieve anything until he’s sitting at his desk, having  been to the gym, showered, shaved, breakfasted and read the paper.

Some people have owl brains that come alive in the evenings. If you have an owl brain trying to operate like a lark is going to be one big waste of time for you. No matter how many productivity gurus tell you otherwise.

This is an important step that shouldn’t be rushed.

  • Spend a few days noticing things like whether you’re owl or a lark
  • How long you can work at full productivity before you lose focus
  • When you can squeeze in no-brainer activities
  • What are no brainer activities for you
  • Which activities take your full concentration
  • Which activities are the most important to your success
  • Which activities suck up a lot of time for not much benefit
  • What or who do you need to keep away from because they drain your time?

Step Five: Complete Your Unique Productivity Blueprint

Take the data you’ve collected and complete your blueprint. You can download the blueprint that I created for myself, by entering your details in the form here, on this page of my site, or at the bottom of this post. Schedule your most important tasks for the week as well as daily tasks according to how you’ve noticed you work most effectively and most enjoyably.

Enjoyably? Yes definitely enjoyably. Your best work will always be achieved from a place of enjoyment. Everyone wants to be productive to improve the quality of their life in some way. You can’t optimise your productivity in ways that aren’t enjoyable for you. Optimised productivity is enjoyable and works as an integral part of your ultimate lifestyle.

Step Six: Your Daily Productivity Planner

In the download I’ve provided a Daily Productivity Planner that you can use on your computer or print off and have beside you as you work. On the days I’m busy working on my business from home I print one of these off and fill it out by hand. It sits beside me as I work because I love the sense of accomplishment I get from crossing off the items that I’ve completed.

Build Success By Improving Your Productivity

If you have big dreams building the success you want is no mean feat. You have to get serious and you have to work productively. That’s why I developed the Productivity Blueprint for myself, because I realised that I was going to have to become more productive to achieve my goals. Working at home can be blissful but it’s easy to get sidetracked and the Internet is loaded with distractions.

I’ve improved my productively massively with this blueprint.  I’d love to hear about how putting it  into action works for you, or even what you think of the process. Please leave me a comment it always makes my day.

To your success

Deb 🙂