Productivity is the backbone of success. You have the responsibility for your career and your employer to consistently improve your skills and be as productive as possible on the job. When was the last time you took a closer look at your productivity levels? Since we’re past the holidays and the New Year’s resolutions have worn off, now is a great time to look at your productivity and use these three things to improve this year.
Set Your Goal and Objective
The first thing you need to determine is what your goals and objectives are at any given time. Consider the project you’re working on now. What is the objective of the project? Is it intended to save money? Is it a necessary function of the business? Is it an innovative new idea?
Once you know the objective, it’s time to set a goal and the tasks to accomplish the goal. The goal is not the purpose of the project; it’s the outcome. What are your expectations when this is complete? What steps can you take to complete it? Write down the specific tasks that you’ll need to do to meet this objective.
Establish Control and Deadline
Next, you need to establish your control over the project and give yourself a deadline. People with indefinite periods often fail to accomplish their goals. For this, you need a good set of tools and a clear expectation of what is supposed to happen when.
Set yourself up for success by ensuring that you have all the right tools you need to complete the project within a specified timeframe. That can be digital tools, like a computer or specific software. It could be building a team to help you finish on time. Whatever the case, get everything in place first and then set your deadline.
Measure Your Progress and Reevaluate
While the objective will not change, sometimes your goals will. And that’s okay. As you work on a project, you may find that some things are working better than others. It’s a good idea to track your progress and regularly reevaluate so you can make changes when necessary.
Review where you are at several critical points throughout the work. If something is no longer working or not going to give you the outcome you are expecting, pivot, and think about new solutions to get you where you need to be.
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