April is just around the corner. I’m personally really excited for it!
I like beginnings of new months. It’s like a chance to start anew. To try and accomplish more than the month before. To become a better person for yourself and those around.
How could I not be excited for that! I could stop there and it would already be a productive month.
But I won’t!
Using the strategy below, I’ll make April one of the most productive month of my life.
And you can do the same!
One quote summarizes the strategy pretty well:
“Think things through, then follow through.” — Eddie Rickenbacker
Here’s the strategy in greater detail:
Most people don’t reflect on past accomplishments or “failures”, yet it’s through understanding these experiences that we learn and grow. It’s an important thing to do to become more productive: realize where you’re productive and where you’re not.
Take your time doing it too. There’s no point rushing this. If it takes 4 hours to do it, it will be worth it in the end, trust me.
Just 30 minutes ago I went to a quiet room and started thinking about all the goals I wanted to accomplish for April. As usual, I went a little crazy, but as I always say: “Aim freaking high!”. I tend to accomplish about 80% of the goals I set out to do. If I didn’t aim so high, I would accomplish much less.
Here’s my unedited list of goals for April (I’ll add more details in other pages of my journal in the next few days):
Ideally, you would be a little more precise than that. This is just a draft. I’ll add the juicy details later, but it’s a good first pass.
In the list, I usually include the 3 new skills I want to learn, things I want to release, ways I’ll make money (and how much), events I want to attend, things I want to continue or start doing and more.
Again, like the step above, don’t rush this. I usually spend 4–8 hours planning my next month. The details take time.
Usually, for every point on my goal list, there are between 3–10 sub-points. Go into as much detail as you can, it will make it easier for you to track your progress.
It’s simple. Review the progress on your goals on a weekly basis. Set aside 1 or 2 hours on your last work-day of the week to go through your list again.
This is similar to the first step of the process, but on a more present moment. Check the things you’ve done. Analyze their “success”, and course-correct — that is the main reason to track your progress weekly.
If you don’t track your progress regularly, you will side-track from your goals.
Sometimes we feel we’re too busy to take a step back, but trust me, it’s more productive to do so and make a better plan of action for the week to come.
Feel free to share your answer(s) in the comments section. I respond to them!
Think things through, then follow through. Six words. Remember them.
Review your previous month, plan for the next and track your progress regularly. It’s a simple strategy anyone can do, and it will make you that much more productive.
You can do this!
Thanks for reading and sharing! 🙂
Originally published at medium.com