Top 3 Best Productivity Methods You Need in Order to Achieve Your Goals
Written by Ryan Yuen
We know how tough it can be to achieve your personal goals. Keeping yourself in check can be a huge challenge especially with all the distractions around us on a day-to-day basis. But with a strong method and system of productivity, you will be one step closer every day to achieving your personal goals.
To all the young professionals, old professionals, thrill seekers, students and those of us lacking motivation I’ve collected the best methods you can use in tandem that will support your journey to the moon!
The X Method
This is a super simple technique that doesn’t take much time or effort. It only requires a large physical calendar, your iPhone calendar, daily diary, or even an ace productivity app to get you going.
This technique involves simply putting an X or marking off your calendar every day you exhibit a positive step forwards towards your goal. It’s kind of like Snapchat streaks where you can challenge yourself to building a successful string of days towards achieving your personal goals. The long streak of positive days towards achieving your goals can be a sign of encouragement, celebration and cause to share with others! So get out there and get your X streak going. You’ll never know where it could take you!
This method works in almost all cases and with all types of people, and can be a great addition to the other productivity methods you might use in your life to keep yourself accountable!
This technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s. It breaks down work into short intervals of 25 minutes each separated by short breaks. The technique is aptly named Pomodoro(which is Italian for tomato) after the tomato timer that Francesco Cirillo used in college when he was perfecting the technique.
There are six steps to this technique:
Choose the task that needs to be completed.
Set the Pomodoro timer accordingly (the original method calls for 25 minutes but it can vary based on your demands)
Start working on your task!
Stop working when the timer rings and record the task as completed.
If you’ve completed less than 4 tasks, take a 3 to 5 minute break and then return to step 2, otherwise you should move on to step 6!
After you’ve completed more than 4 Pomodoro’s take a 15 to 30 minute break, before resetting your number of completed tasks back to 0 and starting the process back at step 2 again if you have more work.
The Pomodoro Technique is a great method to use when you’re trying to study, learn a new or difficult skill, and if you’re starting to feel burned out with what you’ve already been doing after a long day! This technique is great for students or young professionals with a high volume of repetitive work. It would also be an apt method for programmers trying to develop their next big app ;)
The 80/20 Rule otherwise known as the Pareto Principle, was developed by Vilferdo Pareto an Italian economist and sociologist. He observed this idea when he was analyzing this distribution of wealth and income in Europe. The principle comes from the fact that he found 20% of people’s effort produced 80% of their results.
You can similarly apply this observation to your goals by making the assumption that 20% of YOUR individual efforts result in 80% of YOUR results.
Therefore what this means is that if you are working too hard i.e. 30% of your efforts (or time) are resulting in 70% of your results, you should scale back what you’re doing in order to be more efficient with your time. Conversely, if 10% of your effort is resulting in 90% of your results, it could be that either your work is incredibly efficient or you could possibly be working harder to optimize the amount of work that needs to be done.
You can measure these percentages through time and days worked, and compare them to the amount of money you might earn, the level of skill you have in your sport for example (karate belts), or even the number of seconds you’ve shaved off a run (i.e. 5 weeks of training twice a week to shorten your 5 mile run time by 5 seconds).
This method is a great tool for everyone to better understand how their time and effort contribute to the results they produce from their work.
By combining these methods together, you will have a comprehensive way of building towards your goals keeping yourself accountable. Use different methods to support your endeavors by keeping track of these through a diary, calendar or through the Circle app where you can compare your productivity levels to a community of like-minded achievers! Best of luck on achieving your goals, I hope I’ve helped you to get one step closer to what you’re looking for.