From endless emails, long meetings and never-ending tasks, we live in a world of too much to do and simply just not enough time to get it all done… but what if it’s not about getting everything done as fast as we possibly can?
The past decade has presented a plethora of challenges within the workplace, and with employee retention rates higher than ever, the demand on employees has also increased. Take Back Your Life! and just about every other methodology we practice and teach seldom emphasizes getting it all done because we realize that people simply can’t “get it all done” without losing a lot of what maintains their sanity. We, at MPS, believe that it’s important to focus attention on getting the right things done instead. So how can you identify and focus on getting the right things done?
Understand Your Approach
Although the methodologies associated with increasing productivity is an art, peak productivity lies in one’s approach- acquiring a mindset that invites change and sustainable adoption. The Take Back Your Life! program provides the initial methodologies and strategies needed to improve productivity, but it’s all the supplemental materials and programs we offer that gradually open one’s understanding of the approach through behavioral change.
Gaining control of more means reflecting on current behaviors, assumptions, and concepts. Once you have a better understanding of how you currently approach work and life, you’ll be able to understand what you want to accomplish and what you need to change to do so. MPS believes that sustainable actions and results are an outcome of understanding core beliefs.
- Find Collecting Points
Even in the year 2020 we often forget that information isn’t stored well in our brains- we need to create a collecting point (or several for that matter) where we can effectively store reminders, lists, and tasks throughout the day. Any points of information that you feel you need to know, but may not remember later, needs to be captured strategically so that you can refer to it later.
- Process Information Regularly
When inboxes are at a few to no emails, the mind is more at ease and individuals can feel a better sense of control of their lives. We recommend an hour of collecting and processing each day, with thirty minutes in the morning and 30 minutes before you sign off for the day.
- Sustainably Prioritize and Plan
The key to Take Back Your Life! is maintaining the change you want to adopt while avoiding any and all distractions. We recognize that change is seldom easy, which is why adoption becomes that much more difficult. With the right habitual approach to gaining and sustaining focus, change will feel seamless.
Instead of living within the inbox, individuals can form a healthier relationship with their calendar instead. A reflection and review of their days at the end of each week is the best way to constantly improve in a world that is moving too fast. We lose focus when we don’t look back at the tasks we’ve completed and what we’ve yet to complete for the following week.
Create Better Teams
With 39% of employers believing their organizations don’t collaborate enough, improved communication with your team and better collaboration can be the solution to increasing productivity long-term.
It’s no surprise that work environments are continuing to become increasingly fast-paced, and with a growing list of tasks to complete it’s important that teams within an organization remain in constant communication- but even with the right tools, most software implementations fail without the right methods to adopt them. MPS wants to emphasize the importance of Team Productivity and Collaboration so teams can work together to get the right things done by setting team standards and sharing implementation techniques to better manage workflows and focus on achieving collective team goals throughout the year.
Ultimately, this decade is about taking control of your own life to further optimize your performance throughout your organization and personally, whether that be with your family or making time to do the things you love the most. Preparing for this new decade is less about predicting what will happen or what needs to be done, but instead taking the much-needed time to reflect and implement sustainable solutions for yourself and your team that can better translate to the long-term success of your organization. Let’s make this decade one to remember.