What do you need to reach your goals? ꟷ Control.
What do you need to reach big goals? ꟷ More control.
I will put it like that: controlling your actions and productivity helps you to get real result.
Here is the 18-minute plan for every day that will help you to get more control over your actions -> over your results.
Think about your plans. Take a piece of paper and write down things, which will make this day more productive, what you can realistically accomplish that will help to reach your goals. Take your calendar and schedule those things, placing the hardest and most important items in the beginning of the day.
If you want to get something done, decide when and where you’re going to do it. Otherwise, take it off your list.
Set your watch, phone, or computer to ring every hour. When it rings, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively. Manage your day hour by hour. Don’t let the hours manage you.
Shut off your computer and review your day. Look at your list to make sure you did all plans. Maybe something is not done. Why? Where did you get distracted? What did you learn that will help you be more efficient tomorrow?
So, you repeat these steps again and again every day. Is it routine? I don’t think so. It is order. You should keep everything in order to make your dreams come true. You choose to stay focused and follow it until you have done it. It’s simple.
To make this technique even more effective, try to use it together with a special instruments for time management. Here are some of them:
Todoist – project management application for personal and professional productivity. It allows users to manage their tasks from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Projects may contain other sub-projects, and tasks may contain sub-tasks. Tasks can be filtered by label, date or priority. Completion of tasks results in "karma" points being awarded to the user, introducing an element of gamification. There is not all features are free.
Wunderlist – similar to Todoist but it is free.
Remember The Milk - great free tool, which is compatible with your mobile, computer, gmail, outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them wherever you are.
Evernote - free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways, e.g. with voice, notes or images. Now you can also synchronize Remember The Milk with Evernote to optimize your time even more.
MyLifeOrganized (MLO) - task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.
More tools here
So how will you spend your next hour?
The article is based on the material from https://hbr.org/2009/07/an-18minute-plan-for-managing.