Have you ever felt like you had a mountain of work? Do you feel unorganized or unproductive? Do you have big goals and dreams but for some reasons, you’ve never started working on them?
If so, you are going to love what’s following.
The productivity method that I’m going to give you will help you get rid of everything that’s unnecessary in your life so you can focus on what truly matters.
It looks like this:
The mountain represents your Big Goals in life such as building a successful business, becoming financially independent, being a good father/mother, inspiring people…that’s basically the things you do in the long run.
The big rocks are your weekly milestones that you set to achieve your big goals.
The small rocks are the tasks you do on a daily basis to pass your weekly milestone. We also call them MITs (Most Important Tasks).
The gravels are the things you have to do or want to do but that aren’t urgent or important.
Now let’s see how this method works step by step.
Step 1: Determine your Big Goals in life
To determine your Big Goals in life, ask yourself the following questions:
- What do you want to accomplish in your life?
- What’s your calling?
- What’s important to you?
- What do you want your life to be in 10 years?
To help you answer this questions, I recommend you to read the following article:
For the purpose of this demonstration I will say that my Big Goal in life is to build a successful online business.
Step 2: What do you need to do on a weekly basis to achieve you Big Goals?
Once you know what your Big Goals are, you need to determine what you need to do to achieve them. You may know it intuitively but sometimes you will need to make some research.
If my Big Goal is to build a successful online business for example, I will write the following:
- Do a market research
- Figure out which product(s)/service(s) I will sell
- Set set-up a website…
Those are my Big Rocks.
Make sure everything you write can be accomplished in one week or less.
Step 3: Pick a Big Rock and determine your MITs of the week
Now that you know what your Big Rocks are, you need to determine what your Most Important Tasks are. In other words once you know what you have to do to accomplish your Big Goal, you need to find daily actionnable tasks to achieve it (MITs).
In the example I mentioned that I needed to make some market research (Big Rock) to build a successful business. Here are the tasks that I set to myself and that I will do next week:
- Create a questionnaire
- Interview 10 people
- Talk to people on Forums
These MITs must be actionable so that I can actually work on them on a daily basis.
Step 4: Review and plan every Sunday
At the end of every week you must evaluate your situation to see whether you are getting closer of your dream. So take a look at every MIT you’ve accomplished during the week but also at the ones you haven’t. For the MITs you haven’t accomplished, add them as a priority in the list of things you will do the week after.
Step 5: Stay focused on what’s important
Have you ever noticed how hard it is sometimes to work on a specific task? You start working on something and then you get interrupted because you have a meeting or because you receive a call from a client…
That’s quite annoying and that keeps you distracted.
If you really want to stay productive you got to look at the things that interrupt you ask yourself:
Is that “gravel” or a Small Rock (MIT)?
In other words: Is this thing important or can I do it later?
If it’s gravel just put in the list on things you will do once every MIT of the day is accomplished. If it’s an MIT then stop doing what you are doing and get it done.
If you follow these 5 steps and break down every goal into actionable tasks, you will actually see yourself moving towards your goal.
Now I want to know, do you have productivity methods or tricks? If so let me know in the comments below!