The goal for everyone, including you, is to increase Results, while decreasing Effort, to ensure Productivity is either maintained or increased.
Needless to say, this is much easier said than done. But what if I told you there was a way to do this with little struggle or work: it’s called Life Designing. I will explain Life Designing in further detail in another post, but this article is to explain how you can achieve higher productivity without compromising your Results and decreasing your effort. Let me explain.
Let’s start with Results; it is very difficult to give results a grading scale as every job, person, business, and industry sees results in a different way. It is important for you to identify how it is graded and how you are able to achieve results before trying to figure out how to improve it. You don’t go into a new job looking to increase productivity without first knowing how to your job. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Learn how you or your employer sees and grades results. After doing this you’re able to determine the amount of effort is necessary for you to “keep your head above water.” After this distinct standard is understood, then you can determine how to optimize and/or improve.
Effort brings a lot of different factors into play: time, focus, labor, satisfaction and even your personal attitude are all factors that come into play when it comes to effort. For example, while some people try to increase their level of focus, others are trying to increase their daily satisfaction (love what they do). While some are striving to work less hours, others are looking to decrease the amount of physical labor they undergo. You need to figure out what factor of effort is important for YOU to improve.
You must have a crystal clear vision of what results you want to achieve.
You must have an honest perspective on your level of effort.
A Life Designer is trained and skilled to acquire and analyze this knowledge. There is no easy way to do this, no tricks, no short cuts. Some people keep track of their daily routines on calendars, others keep a journal. These are techniques that help people to internalize what effort goes forth and what results come from that effort.
The following steps are what a life designer follows to help you increase your productivity:
- Have your goals written, printed, and posted in a place you will always see and remind you.
- Create a systemized process to achieve each goal
- Describe what things you need to do to achieve each and every goal
- Manipulate your environment to promote and inspire you to work better – This may include de-cluttering your office and home, accountability from friends or co-workers, organization of your files, task/goal tracker to maintain a visual understanding of your progress, and many more
- Help you as a person to overcome any obstacle or blocks that are slowing or preventing you from achieving your goal – therapy, meditation, exercise, mentorship, etc.
As you can see, this process goes from surface level to personal as you go down the steps. The fault that many have is that they stop mid-way through the process, never reaching a full makeover they desired, and never truly being MORE productive.
I never stated that you need to buy a new program, or purchase new furniture, or shift your entire daily routine. However this may be a necessary result from this process, every person’s needs are different and thus some must undergo a drastic shift, while others must shift a minor part of their lives.
The goal, of course, is to increase your productivity, where your results increase, and the amount of effort decreases. A true life designer does not give you a hand full of advice and leaves you to work the rest alone. A Life Designer walks this path with you every step of the way until the day comes that you don’t need a walking partner. Sign up below to try out a Life Designer today and see how your productivity increases in a matter of weeks!