How do you get things moving?
How do you get going when you don’t feel like working?
Some days nothing seems to get done.
You can’t get going no matter what you try.
Other days things just seem to be rolling downhill. One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you feel like you have accomplished a week’s worth of work in a single day.
It’s all about building momentum…
Building Productivity Momentum
When it comes to productivity, half of the battle can be getting yourself in gear.
Once you start doing, you will create more action.
It is all about building “productivity momentum.”
– Action Drives More Action – Once you get your tasks moving, you will find that one leads to another.
– Completion Leads to More Done – Actually completing a task feels great and builds the drive needed to complete other items.
– Once in Motion – Momentum keeps things moving. From our physics lessons…
“An object that is in motion will not change its velocity unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.” – Newton’s 1st Law
What does this mean for our productivity analogy?
It means that once we get going… we will keep going.
Motion Leads to Action
Everyone has their own best way that they get work done. Do what works for you.
Here are some tips to help you build your own productivity momentum…
- Do the Worst Thing First – Mark Twain famously said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The same can be said for your todo list. Do your most dreaded task first. Get it out of the way. Everything else will seem easier after that.
- Make Sure You Are Doing the Most Important Thing – It is easy to confuse activity with productivity. While it is important to get things in motion, make sure that you are concentrating on what is important. Doing frivolous tasks may get you moving, but may not accomplish anything meaningful.
- Finish Things to Done – Finishing tasks to done cannot be understated. Otherwise you will find yourself with “57 things Started and Nothing Done.” It is better to finish a few important tasks than start a dozen. And “finishing” feels great… making you want to finish other tasks.
- Make Tasks Fun – Putting some fun in your tasks can make them go that much easier. Anything can be fun. It is usually a matter of attitude. So, find that “Spoonful of Sugar,” no matter if you are washing dishes or doing that expense report.
- Start Early – Need to get more done in your day? Start earlier! I like the old Army motto, “We do more before 8AM than most people do all day.” I blog from 4-6AM, get my son ready for school from 6-7 and workout from 7-8. And I am at work by 830-9. Get an early jump start on your day!
Running Downhill is Easy
Once you get things rolling, everything else will seem easier.
Get yourself in motion. It leads to more action.
Before you know it, you will be running downhill.
And you will get more done than you thought possible.
How do you build your productivity momentum?