To figure out if a new system’s working, keep a productivity journal where you track what time of the day you worked best, what helped you get your various tasks done, and how you felt when you left the office. As time goes on, you can look back, find patterns, and identify where improvements are needed. There are so many systems and apps out there, that there just has to be one for you.
Time your efforts, and document how you are investing your time. Are you gettting the results you expect? This might seem like a waste of time at first, but once you see how valuable performance data is for getting doing better in life you’ll start measuring where the week has gone.
Examine your work constantly. Meticulously analyze your inputs and outputs. The overwhelming reality about life and living it is this: we live in a world where a lot of things are taking up your most time but given you the least results and a very few things are exceptionally valuable.