I want to help you to make a few small shifts, which will assist you to become far more productive. When I refer to productivity I am not talking about adding more activity, more work and longer hours to your day, which will only add more pressure to your already overloaded schedule. I am talking about increasing your output, by doing things smarter, improved results, more money, greater feeling of accomplishment and actually achieving all the goals that you set for yourself. My aim is to show you how to achieve these improvements, yet still reduce your level of stress and free up some valuable time to spend with your family or to invest into a hobby.

Plan your day the night before
It is remarkable how much time you save each day by designing your day the night before. You have a crystal clear picture of how your day will unfold. This gives you a head start in the morning; you get to start your day running each day. You do not need to waste any time planning your day first thing in the morning, while the phone is ringing, people are randomly demanding your attention and your day starts to spiral out of your control. My experience has shown me that when you try to plan your day in the morning, the pressures of the day seem to run away with you and you never actually get to plan your day. You just seem to react to everything and your day just gets consumed with activities that keep you very busy, but achieve very little. When you fail to plan your day the night before, the rest of the world will decide how your day will unfold; you spend your day reacting, instead of creating.

This is a very simple process, a daily discipline, where you spend the last 10 minutes of your day, designing the next day. This becomes part of your daily routine; you firstly review your current day and then begin to plan how you will use your time the next day. As you get better at this daily ritual and it becomes part of the way you do things, it will feel effortless and take less than ten minutes a day to complete. These ten minutes will be returned many times over the following day, as you get to actually control, how your day unfolds and you are able to create rather than react throughout your day. As these creative days compound into weeks, months and years, you will begin to see amazing results, start to appear in your life. The goals that seemed impossible before you introduced this new routine into your life will begin to take shape and your levels of stress will seem to dissipate completely.

Review all your goals and choose a maximum of three to focus all your energy on for the next 90 days. This new level of focus will see you begin to actually see results flow from your daily efforts. As long as you have too many goals and priorities, you are constantly diluting your efforts and achieving very little as you blunder through each day, trying to do too much and actually achieving very little, other than buckets of overwhelm and stress.

Meet Your Future
Schedule time into your dairy each week, to carry out the tasks necessary to achieve the three goals you defined above. Unless you make the time in your day to carry out the activities necessary to achieve your goals, you will stagger from day to day, never finding that crucial time to work on your future. There is a simple law that says “What gets scheduled, gets done” Until you schedule time into your day, to carry out the tasks, which will allow you to achieve the goals you have set yourself, you will continue to live an unsatisfactory life, and seem to blunder through your year, arriving at the end of each year, wondering why things never seem to work out for you.

It is crucial that you remove all possible distractions. Your goal during these Meetings with your Future is to place yourself in a cone of silence and to focus 100 % of your energy on carrying out the necessary activities, which will deliver your dreams. Turn your phone off, make sure that your emails cannot disturb you and shut your door. Meetings with your future are intensely focused, undisturbed and productive time in which you work on creating the future you desire.

Carry out Biggest task first every day
Never tackle your emails first thing in the morning, or allow other distractions to take control of your day, first thing in the morning. Tackle the most intimidating task, first thing in the morning and get it out of the way before you do anything else. Invest at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted focus on getting this task done, less if possible, doing nothing but getting this difficult task out of the way. Then focus your energy on completing your most important priorities of the way. It is crucial that you are very disciplined with this and that you allocate no more than 90 minutes to this each day. It is remarkable how much you can achieve in 90 minutes of complete focus. It is very seldom that I get to the end of my 90 minutes, without having completed my most difficult task and finished my top priorities each day.

When you introduce these three new habits into your day, you will get far more done in less time and more importantly, you will have discovered a system that will allow you to focus your energy on getting the important tasks done each day. This new focus will, over time add up into remarkable success.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas. http://www.andrewhorton.co.za