I Wrote 10 Articles Today and Still Obsessing If I Am Productive
I am on a roll. By the time I finish writing this, I am on the 10th article of the day. Before you roll your eyes in disbelief, not all stories are 1,000 words. But, today, I know I can write ten articles, so I did.
Productivity is a double-edged sword. There are countless productivity advice out there.
I am instead calling this day a very creative day.
How I silenced my inner critic with these productivity lessons that I know works for me
1. Don’t try to be productive by doing more tasks and checking off more items on your list.
It’s a mistake to think that productivity is about checking off more things on your to-do list. You can get into the habit of working faster not by doing more tasks but by focusing on the few things that really matter.
Plan your days in a way that helps you finish each task. Like today, which is a perfect day, these days are usually the result of good sleep and a healthy diet.
As I write this, I have 3 goals: If I’m lucky, I’ll reach these goals over the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean that the processes that I’ve adopted will work for everybody. I understand that my optimal scenario is probably different from yours, and this is fine. It’s also not unrealistic to aim for specific outcomes.
Don’t let anyone tell you success isn’t possible — it’s not.
Ultimately, productivity is all about doing things well — and working smart. By monitoring your daily habits, routines, and tasks over time, you’ll learn how to pick the proper habits and patterns and all the functions that make up effective work.
This will help you develop into a more effective creator, a more effective manager, and ultimately a better human being.
2. Prioritize your tasks into High Impact Tasks, Medium Importance Tasks, and Low Impact Tasks.
List out all of the tasks you have to do throughout the week and decide whether each task has a high impact, medium impact, or low impact.
High impact tasks — are tasks that, if done, will have a significant positive impact on yourself or your business. These are the tasks that you should focus on.
Medium impact tasks — are tasks that make sense for yourself or your business, but you should not get hung up on doing them all week.
Low impact tasks — are the things you should finish because they are easy for you, and they will allow you to move on to the following list of tasks.
List out the specific times that each task needs to be done. If you don’t know what you need to do during the week and when you have to do it, then nothing gets done right.
I try to start each week with a list of tasks that I need to complete for the week. By having a list like this, I increase my chances of getting things done.
It prevents me from pressing the wrong button and employing the necessary tools to tackle my tasks successfully.
At this point, you might want to add a deadline to each task. At this point, the focus should be on hard or complex tasks only. They could be the last on your daily list of tasks to finish.
Remember, hard tasks are not necessarily the high impact tasks.
3. Schedule High Impact tasks for when you have the most energy.
The most important thing when it comes to productivity is to schedule the high-impact tasks for when you have the most energy. In the morning, and schedule low impact tasks for when you have less energy in the afternoon/evening.
I know where you’re getting at. How do you prioritize high impact? Think of it this way:
high priority, high impact
We’ve heard it a million times before. Tick tock. Time is money. It’s an ever-expanding resource, and you want to make the most of it. Sooner or later, you’re going to burn out.
High impact tasks are those tasks that require the least amount of energy to complete. Even clearing your productivity system isn’t that high of a priority unless you’re currently not productive.
If you’re currently using your productivity system and not implementing any new positive habits, you probably have high-impact tasks piling up in front of you.
When I say high impact, I’m talking about the tasks you can do in the next 20 minutes, the next 5 hours or the next day. They’re the tasks that aren’t just high in the effort. They’re high in impact because they have high stakes attached to them.
The stakes are obvious. If you don’t get them done, you risk losing the productivity game and could hamper your productivity in the long run.
Productivity is not a one-size-fits-all word to describe your work or how you have accomplished your tasks.
As I am about to end this article, the inner critic wants to be heard, there is a time for that voice to be heard, and there is a time for that voice to be silent.
Today, I needed to silence my inner critic. Finishing all ten articles only means one thing, it is a productive day and a very creative one.