3 Questions to Ask Yourself If You Want To Be Incredibly Productive

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.” — Goethe

There are so many things that need to be done, yet so little time. People can often fall into the trap of throwing too much stuff on their plate instead of taking a step back and figuring out their priorities.

Today, I’m going to give you three main questions that you can use on a regular basis to keep yourself focused on completing your most important tasks.

1. What are my highest value activities?

Ask yourself what needs to be done in order to make the greatest contribution to your business, family, or life in general.

Think this through by yourself, but then also ask your boss, co-workers, friends and family. You need to be clear about your highest-value activities before you begin to work. Otherwise, you’ll spread yourself too thin and run in a number of different directions.

2. What can I (an only I do) that will make a huge difference if I do it?

This is one of the best questions to ask yourself to be personally effective. It must be something only you can do. If you don’t complete it, no one else will either. But if you do, it will have a big impact on your career and life.

Ask yourself this every hour of every day. Come up with a specific answer, and then get to work on that task before anything else.

3. What is the most valuable use of my time right now?

This is a core question for effective time management. It’s one of the keys to becoming a highly productive person. Be honest with yourself.

One task or action represents the most valuable use of your time at any given moment. This can include recreational activities such as hanging out with a friend, especially if you feel burnt out from work and haven’t spent time with friends in a while.

Make sure to continuously review your list of tasks, activities and projects, ask yourself these questions, and then find the answer.

If you’re as honest and accurate as you can be with your answers, it will be much easier for you to overcome procrastination and get started on that one activity that represents the most valuable use of your time.

Originally published at www.optimallivingdynamics.com on January 18, 2015.

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