Superachievers are productive folks. We have a huge mission to make a positive impact on the world, so we have to be super productive. So what sets superachievers apart? How are we super productive?
Here are five key strategies:
Let’s look at each of these:
Strategy #1 – Uni-tasking. Believe it or not superachievers do not multitask. Superachievers focus on one task at a time and fully commit ourselves to that task. This is just a more effective way to do things. Now, keep in mind, as superachievers we are good at strategy and systems thinking, so the tasks that we do choose to invest our sole focus on are our high-impact tasks. For example, as I’m writing my second book, once I get each chapter to what I believe is finished, I do a read aloud to make sure flows and to identify any errors that weren’t captured during the editing process. So, why not record the read aloud, then I will have raw audio footage for the audiobook? Maximum use of time while uni-tasking.
Strategy #2 – Superachievers always have a plan. We establish SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound) as well as a clear plan of action. We literally have a project plan built out for each goal. Hmmm – This might have to be the next online course I build! Productive folks know exactly what they want to accomplish as well as how and when they’re going to do it. A great resource for this I recently discovered is life tick.com.
Strategy #3 – Superachievers have a high level of self-awareness. We know our strengths; we know our weaknesses; and we have an awareness of our thinking, emotions, and behaviors. This high level of self-awareness is not only what makes us successful in pretty much everything we do, but it is also the key to our super productivity. We know what distracts us and we take preventative measures to create an environment that either greatly reduces or eliminates our distractions. For example, when I am writing or recording a podcast on my computer, I keep my email closed so the notifications don’t pop up. I also set my phone where I can’t easily reach it and I set it to Do Not Disturb. If I’m really focused on a daylong project, I only open up my email two to three times that day for about 15 minutes. Essentially, the third strategy is to know what your distractions are and reduce or eliminate them.
Strategy #4 – Superachievers focus on the big picture. How is this done? We ask ourselves, with each task, if it is in furtherance of our goals. For example, my current goal plan includes specific financial goals as well as a long-standing goal of making a positive impact on this world. So, each day, when I set up the tasks that need to get done, I ask myself “Is this task in furtherance of my financial goals and/or will it help me make a positive impact on the world?” If the answer is “no,” I will do my best to either dump the task or delegate it. If the answer is “yes,” then I ask myself if it is the most effective way to go about accomplishing my goals. If it isn’t I refine it; if it is, I do it! So, always keeping the big picture plan in mind makes one that much more effective.
Strategy #5 – Finally, superachievers hold personal strategy sessions regularly. We meet with ourselves weekly, monthly, and annually to ensure that we are very clear on what we are doing and when, as well as tweaking our goal plan as needed. During the sessions, will make sure we schedule plenty of “me” time as health and well-being comes first. We build buffer time in our schedule so are not rushing around. What does a personal strategy session look like? The annual session is where we set our goals for the year and then break them down by month. The monthly sessions are when we review how well we did on our goals the previous month and then lay out the project plan for the upcoming 4 to 5 weeks. The weekly strategy sessions review the previous week and plan out the following week to include identifying the highest impact tasks that need to get done before all others.
Why not review each of the strategies and how well you’re using them in your next personal strategy session?