7 tips to keep you productive to reach goals
Reaching goals can sometimes become a difficult task. Most of us know the big picture the end result. But we don’t know how to get there.
We know how to start but not how to finish. What most of us don’t realize is that taking the first step is sometimes the hardest part of reaching a goal. If we were able to keep momentum and take the next step and the next step and the step after, all the way until we reach our goal, then what would our lives look and feel like?
If we found tools or tips that taught us the secrets of moving forward, of organizing our ideas, of knowing what to work on, of finding people to help us, of celebrating our small milestones. Would we be more productive? Would we reach more of our goals?
Do goals always need to be professional or can they personal as well?
I think goals are personal as well as professional.
As for productivity, here are the things that work for me to reach my goals. My hope is that these tips and tools help to motivate and inspire you to take action to reach your goals.
7 Tips and Tools I use to keep me productive and to reach my goals.
Evernote is a tool that I have installed on my phone, my tablet, and on my computers. I input ideas, blog titles, personal and business to do lists, movies to watch, things I need to look up, and many more business and personal things in there.
It is the equivalent of multiple notebooks, journals, a voice recorder, note pads, a calendar, and a camera all in one. You can type, talk or record your thoughts into it.
It’s a free download. I highly recommend you download it and start using it. An idea is only worth something if it is put into action, but you can only put it into action if you remember it. Evernote will be there for you to remember.
A mindmap is a great way to brainstorm. Without the flow of ideas where would you get goals. If you are an online business person, a brick and mortar business person, or maybe just a person wanting to get something personal done such as organizing or decorating your home. Mindmapping is a great way to come up with a bunch of ideas, and be able to go back to them at any point in the future. There is free and paid mindmapping software out there for you to use. I would look into what fits your needs.
3) Write down your top 3 things you need to do the night before
Every night before you go to bed, get in the habit of listing the three most important activities you need to accomplish the next day. If you are a business person, get in the habit of listing money making activities. You really don’t want to list things for the sake of listing and for the sake of being busy. Being busy is not the same as being productive. If you want to stay motivated, inspired and continue the journey of taking action to reach your goals. Your productivity must be meaningful and something your future self will thank you for.
If you list the three things you need to get done the night before, you will receive two benefits from it. One you will be able to sleep without worrying and two your subconscious will work on ways to get your top three done in the most effective and efficient way and will brainstorm other ideas. Just remember to write those ideas down in the morning.
4) Celebrate small successes
Remember to celebrate your small successes. To many people only focus on the big goal, the big vision, and they forget to give themselves a pat on the back, to shout hooray, I’m guilty of this. But remember celebrating the small steps along the way is a great way to keep momentum going, and to keep your self taking the next step and taking action to your ultimate goal. If small successes are not celebrated then the probability of failure skyrockets.
So remember to celebrate.
5) Have an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner to meet with weekly to talk to in between your weekly meetups, to talk to when you are facing challenges or having a bad day will help to keep you productive and motivated to reach your goals. Find someone who cares, who will be there, it’s even better if that someone is also trying to be productive to reach their goals, because then you can help them stay motivated as well.
Be sure to talk to your accountability partner often. Meet face-to-face or through video chat once per week. Make notes of what you talk about. And send your accountability partner your goals. It’s good to put them up in 1 week, 2 week, 3 week and 1 month format. Have a consequence if you do not hit your goals (ie. donate $100 if goal is not hit, etc)
6) Have a mastermind group
A mastermind is great for keeping the ideas flowing. It’s a great way to stay motivated to hear the stories and successes of your mastermind partners. I have a weekly mastermind, and it has been a great source of ideas, motivation, inspiration, and great way for me to continue taking action to be productive and achieve my goals.
There are free and paid masterminds. My recommendation is to go out and network, meet like minded people with similar goals and form your own mastermind.
It doesn’t matter what the primary topic or focus of your mastermind group is, the purpose of most mastermind groups is to create success in your personal and professional life, as EACH PERSON defines “success.”
7) Take action every day
To be the most productive in business and life you must take action everyday. Remember knowledge for the sake of knowledge doesn’t mean much if you don’t do anything with it. The same with action, action for the sake of action is better than no action, but if you take meaningful action, your results will start to show. You will achieve your goals. If you achieve your goals, both little and big you will stay motivated, inspired, and continue taking action that will be productive to your life and business goals. If you keep achieving your goals, just think of what is possible for you in life…
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