Start with what you have done. Whether planned or not. Chronicle what you have done in the last 1 week (at least) or yesterday (even better).
Don’t judge what you have done, just chronicle it.
Now aggregate all you have done under 3 headers – “Commitment, Care and Courage”. If you called family and had a crucial conversation, how you felt will make you decide whether it should be aggregated under “care” or “courage”. Basically, your aggregation is your choice.
Do this for a year at your convenient frequency – Daily, Weekly or Monthly.
Review at the end of the year and pick the recurring themes. Hopefully, you don’t have more than 7 recurring themes. If you do, please prioritise what is important to you and make it a list of 7. Preferaby, 2 from the commitment header, 3 from the care header and 3 from the courage header.
Like I said earlier do not judge. This is not a list of good or bad habits, just recurring themes we will like to pay attention to and actively learn what they are teaching.
For the second year, start writing what you will do (daily, weekly or monthly) around these 7 recurring themes. In this year, you’re not looking back, you’re moving forward, deliberately.
Using the earlier example, you might decide to call at least one family member daily, weekly or monthly to have a good laugh about something, anything.
You then check your progress at your established routine (daily, weekly or monthly), but don’t beat yourself up if you fall short, this year is for moving forward. Make simpler plans if you find yourself being inconsistent in improving any recurring theme.
Productivity improvements are built around keeping things simple, not under control. So when you fail, the learning should be, simplify.
At the end of year 2, you have 2 choices –
1. Repeat the process of Year 2, but this time, take out 1 recurring theme you have been chronically inconsistent with and replace with another you will like to improve.
2. Repeat the entire process of Year 1 and Year 2 again. There are always new recurring themes if you look back.
The beginning of productivity improvement is accurate measurements, that is why chronicling is important.
The journey to higher productivity is all about keeping things simple. Be wary of any activity that demands a high level of strain, it is a signal that it is either not for you or you do not yet understand its fundamentals.
The simpler you can make your important choices, the higher your productivity.
– Osasu Oviawe