Set a Game-Plan!
One factor which all successful people have in common is effective
time-management. You may prefer to call it structure, setting yourself
to the task, or a game-plan. Whichever word or term works for you is
fine. As long as you take it seriously, and put it into practice, you are
creating one of the basic principles of productivity.
It might be a good idea to think about this, and why this factor is so
essential to success. Perhaps you can begin by thinking of the
opposite– ways which do not work. Even if you have one very small
task to complete, if you do not manage your time appropriately it may
get done too late, or not at all. You may be working on a deadline, or
have a task which does not have a specific time to be completed. If
you do not have a game-plan for getting it done, the results will not be
satisfying. While procrastination and wasting time impede
productivity, lack of effective time-management can be as destructive.
Increasing your productivity and getting things done means having a
good game-plan. First, you need to know exactly what must be done.
Second, even if you do not have a specific deadline, you must also
decide when it must be done. The third step is putting yourself to the
task of doing it.
You want to accomplish your goals, whether they are short-term or
long-term. You also want to be proud of and satisfied with the results.
When you are not content to simply “go with the flow,” and instead
take your game-plan seriously every step of the way, you are nearly
guaranteed of success, pride, and satisfaction.