Speaking of productivity doesn´t mean to make the most 24 hours a day, neither to work more than eight hours a day, the true productivity is the ability we have to sort our priorities.
This capability, as defined by the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr. Stephen Covey, is called “Personal Leadership” and this means to clearly define our goals, our roles and work focus on them.
To develop this capability you can be based on the principle of “First Things First”, this means, perform activities in order of importance. Always thinking on the principle of Pareto where 80% of results come from 20% of the activities performed efficiently.
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An exercise that we recommend is to take a sheet of paper, pencil and write the answer to the following questions:
- What are my 3 main roles in life? (Example: entrepreneur, father, husband, son, athlete, artist, etc.)
- What are the three priorities for this year in each of your roles?
- What are the 3 main priorities for this month in each of your roles?
- Once you’ve identified, then you write them down into your schedule by day and time.
- Be sure to work on it and get it done without excuse.
This is a simple way to achieve your personal goals and apply it in your daily life. Once finished this exercise, the same applies to your workplace and is an excellent tool to start applying the principle of “First Things First”.