9 Tips for Improving Your Personal Productivity

I am a career success coach.  While I think I know a lot about what it takes to create the life and career success you want and deserve, there are lots of people out there with some great career advice.  That’s the case with my friends at GTD Agenda.  The other day, they sent me a great article on improving your personal productivity. 

Improving your personal productivity will lead to outstanding performance.  And, as I point out in Success Tweets, outstanding performance is one of the keys to your career success.

Check out what the GTD Agenda folks have to say about personal productivity…

9 Tips for Better Productivity

The following 9 tips can give you more opportunity to add additional activities to your day.

Tip #1 – Focus on the Critical Few. Eighty five percent of the things you do account for only 15% of your results. And vice versa. Therefore, only work on the critical things and you’ll get there faster and with less effort.

Tip #2 – Take more free time. Relaxing is absolutely essential to your success. Just make sure you take time off at the right time, that is after you tackle your 15% top activities.   Losers do the opposite, they tackle the 85% and leave the 15% out.

Tip #3 – Re-think your to-do list. Create a 85/15 list. Write the top priority items at the top. Write the low priority items at the bottom. Throw a line between them. Only work on the top of your list.

Tip #4 – Reward yourself for doing the right things. The things that get rewarded get done. If you reward yourself for your best actions, you will get more of these done… almost effortlessly.

Tip #5 – Do your Feared Things First. Take a look at your list and ask yourself “What’s the activity that I fear most?” Start your day with that activity. By training yourself to do your feared things first, you unconsciously urge yourself to tackle tougher tasks.

Tip #6 – Don’t Multitask. Having multiple tasks going on at the same time might seem productive, but in actuality it slows you down from actually focusing on a task and completing it – and it stresses you out in the meantime.

Tip #7 – Exercise. It helps you work harder longer and think more clearly. It increases your health span and your life’s span. When your body feels good, the work that comes after will also feel good and easier to do.

Tip #8 – Write out your goals daily. This comes from Brian Tracy, the famous public speaker. On a daily basis, write your four major goals. Do this each morning as you start your day. Don’t just read your goals aloud, but physically write them down again on paper. It magnetizes your mind to what you really want to accomplish that day.

Tip #9 – Just say “No”. Don’t let other people dump their “monkeys” on you. Learning to say no to more requests helps reduce stress levels, and this can be one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself.

I love these nine tips from the folks at GTD Agenda.  I think they are great career advice.  Put them to use and you will be on your way to the life and career success you want and deserve.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  Successful people are outstanding performers.  Outstanding performers are highly productive.  My friends at GTD Agenda have some great career advice on personal productivity.  Focus on the Critical Few. Take more free time. Re-think your to-do list. Reward yourself for doing the right things. Do your Feared Things First. Don’t Multitask. Exercise. Write out your goals daily. Just say “No”.   Put this career advice to work and you’ll be on your way to becoming a career success.

That’s my take on the career advice in the GTD Agenda tips for improving your personal productivity.  What’s yours?  Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment.  As always, thanks for reading.


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  1. Thanks for the comment — as the Nike ads say, “Just Do it.”
    Have a great weekend,

  2. A new take on the Pareto principle — 85 — 15, instead of 80 — 20. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Worth reading blog!
    Its very important to increase and improve our personal productivity as many of want career development in professional life, so these these small small factors and activity really helpful for us to lead towards personal productivity. You have mentioned #2 point here ‘ take more free time ‘ its also important for success by taking time from our busy and regular schedule.
    Thanks a lot for this awesome tips!

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