Have you ever had a day where you go to bed saying to yourself, “I worked so hard, but I didn’t get anything done?” I hate when that happens, whether it be at work or at home. In this scattered culture, it is increasingly easy to lose focus on the most important things in life. There are two primary strategies I can credit for giving me a giant boost in my daily productivity.
The first strategy is called Difference-Making Actions (DMA’s). DMA’s give focus and intentionality to the most important things every day – at work or at home. This simple strategy can increase results like nothing else. Here’s how it works: First thing every morning, take a sticky note and write your most important current goal. (A note on a smart phone works too.) Then write the numbers 1-5 down the page. Next to the 1, write the most important thing you could do today to accomplish that goal. Then write the next most important thing under 2, and so on. When you are done, you have identified the five most important things you could do that day to accomplish your most important goal. To be successful, DMA’s have a number attached to them. For example, “clean the garage for two hours” or “plan and prepare four meals.”
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David Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, entrepreneur, and author of the national bestseller The Trust Edge, and the new book The Daily Edge: Simple Strategies to Increase Efficiency and Make an Impact Every Day. For more information, please visit www.DavidHorsager.com.