Do you want make 2018 your most productive year yet? Here are 5 smart ways to help you get the clarity you need to have success.

I have researched what most successful people do to achieve their goals and it is the daily activities that they fill their time with that sets them apart. You too can learn to manage your activities efficiently and make 2018 your most productive year yet.  Read on to find out how you too can manage your daily activities so you can achieve your goals.

#1 Make a list of small Manageable tasks

Sir Richard Branson carries a notebook with him everywhere and writes down every single idea that he has.  He says; “no idea is too small and no idea is too big either”. He also makes a list of small manageable tasks to complete each day by cutting his day up into chunks.

#2 Avoid Procrastination

To make 2018 your most productive year yet, you will need to avoid procrastination.  Did you know that procrastination is a psychological issue? The good news is that you can defeat it with the right principles? Procrastination is putting off doing something for another which ends up in lost opportunity.   Surely, none of us wants to wake up one day to realize that life passed us by due to lost opportunity. One of the best slogans ever made is Nike’s “Just do it!”  So stop procrastinating and start now even if the alternative looks easier. Don’t wait until everything is perfect or for the right opportunity to start. The perfect opportunity never arrives.  In their book Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeir Hansson say, “what you do is what matters not what you think or say or plan.” So I say just do it and move on to the next project.

#3 Use a Time Tracker

Time yourself as you work through your projects. This will help you track how long a certain project is taking you and help you make necessary changes. To help her stay focused, serial entrepreneur and business coach, Melanie Duncan uses a time tracker. It is a simple table with the Time and Task on the vertical column corresponding with a dollar rate across for example $10, $100, $1,000 or $10,000, to measure if the activities she is spending time on, are income generating activities.  Using her phone timer, after every 2 hours she stops to record what she has been working on. At the end of the day, she says “I total up the hours that I’ve spent in each column, multiply them by their rate and then add it all together to see how much value I produced for my business that day.”  This helps her keep on track with her goals or if she needs to reevaluate how she is spending her time

#4 Have a Morning Routine to Make 2018 Your Most Productive Year 

Creating a morning routing whereby you wake up early before everyone in your household gives you the benefit of uninterrupted peace to do what you want such as to exercise, read or to meditate. Most successful people like Oprah and Deepak Chopra spend their first hour of the day by quieting their mind and connecting to God.  They also journal what they are grateful for. You can put in as little time as 5 minutes in each area with this routine or you can squeeze in your prayer, journaling, exersize all in one hour or less. Having a morning routine is a great way to start your day with a cleansed mind free of anxiety, stress and frustration. So squeeze in a few extra hours a week even if it means going to bed an hour earlier than normal.

#5 Learn to Say No to Time Wasters

If we are going to accomplish our goals, we must learn to say not to those things that are not in line with our goals.  Sometimes we find ourselves trapped in things that are not in our priority list, such as random surfing of the net and neglecting what is important. Do you sometimes find that you are on the net surfing about juicy topics, wouldn’t it be nice if you were using that time with activities that add value to your life, such as reading a motivational book, exercising or writing that one article that you have been putting off?

Leave a comment below and share what you are doing professionally and personally to make 2018 your most productive year yet.