Friday, May 27, 2016

Massive Productivity Improvement #1: Three Goals Per Week. Three Tasks Per Day.

If you're always trying better balance the hours in your jam-packed day, this new productivity series will help you make those long-standing (long-ignored or unfinished) goals and dreams come true. For the past couple of weeks I've spent nearly every space moment I can engrossed in studying the productivity tips and methods of the super-successful, I thought I may as well share everything I'm learning for all my fellow busy-bodies trying to make so many creative things happen! Today's tip is a simple old trick to try. Here's what you do:



1) Think of all the things you want to accomplish. What is the #1 goal you need to finish to get you on the path toward finishing your other ones? The big one that will get the momentum moving on your other projects?

Be Ready for June 1st Market

2) Break that into three big tasks to finish to complete your goal. This is looking at it from the macro perspective:

Be Ready for June 1st Market

1. Finish New Products and Promotions
2. Packed and Ready Way Ahead of Time (Inventory / New Tracking)
3. Fix Damaged Labels, Prevent Future Damage

3) Then break those into 3 tasks to finish per day and schedule them in your calendar. Consolidate similar tasks:


Friday 27th

1) Fixative Purchase (Do Returns, Get New Sign / Baskets while there)

2) Fix Labels
3) Inventory Catch-Up / New Inventory System (Compile All Recipes)

Saturday 28th

1) Make Products
2) Make Father's Day Baskets
3) Gather & Organize Product, Packed & Ready To Go

We're actually more productive when we laser focus and complete a few tasks that we specifically scheduled to finish a big goal rather than working randomly or trying to fit everything in one day. It doesn't work because we lose focus and burn out. Using the Rule of Threes productivity method above keeps you focused and productive without being frazzled or overwhelmed. If you try it, let me know how it works for you.

If you have any productivity tips of your own to share, let me know in the comments! I want to make this a new regular series.
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17 comments:

  1. I am actually about to buy a big white board for my kitchen wall to do this... Going to make a to-do list, but prioritize the top 3 for the day!!! We'll see how it works :)

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    1. I want a big white board toooo so jealous :) I take notes like crazy. I've found this technique to be suuuper helpful so far for reasons I'll get into with future posts. Studies show our focus takes a nose dive when we try to do "everything" (which is my MO) and we end up being less productive.

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  2. I love this idea of macro to micro, Vanessa. I find it gets overwhelming when trying to accomplish one major task, and I end up procrastinating:( Breaking it down into little goals does make it easier IMO. Thanks for this awesome tip:)

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  3. Great way to reach a goal! It is so much easier taking small steps each day towards a larger goal rather than cramming it in. Doing a market is fun and this way you won't be so stressed out when the day arrives. :)

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    1. Oh yes, they're stressful enough without worrying that the merchandise isn't right or things are disorganized.

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  4. It is a good idea to focus on three main tasks, rather than trying to juggle all at once. I definitely should try it, because my list is too long usually.

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    1. Same here, and all the research I've been stuffing into my brain lately says we're actually far more productive with less on our lists. Studies have found we think we're working hard with long lists but really we're distracted most of the time.

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  5. I'm all for breaking up a huge project into three smaller parts! Even so I need to be super focused to get projects done on time. No distractions whatsoever - this is the hardest part when working from home! Good luck with your market prep :)

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    1. Thanks Duni, agreed on the laser-focus. Without someone forcing you to work it's toooo easy to be distracted.

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  6. What a great idea! I am SO going to start doing this!!!

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    1. Let me know how it works for you!

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  7. I love this! And 3 just happens to be my lucky number.

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    1. That's awesome Chelsey! :D Hope it helps you if you try it.

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  8. that's great. i am a great multi tasker too.. which means i doing everything well nothing great. :(

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    1. Yeeeep I feel you, that is my word. I always have a ton of tabs open on the computer and a mess everywhere, but that's how my brain works.

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