The 6 Principles of Focused Productivity

Time is our most important asset.

It's the great equalizer, the ticking clock that none of us can escape. As Alice Walker said, "Time moves slowly, but passes quickly." We must do what we can to preserve what we have available.

Follow these 6 principles to maximize that precious time.

1. Focus on what you can control

Don't waste energy worrying about things you can't change.

2. Use a timer to keep your focus

A visual timer (e.g. Time Timer) is a great way to see time represented—a reminder that you have dedicated this time to a single task.

3. Keep your goals in mind

It's easy to get so deep in the weeds, that you forget what you are even working for in the first place. Visual reminders of your goals are a bonus.

4. Track your progress and celebrate it

The most effective form of motivation is progress. When we can see forward momentum, we have an innate desire to continue forward. Make a big deal about important milestones to continue that positive reinforcement.

5. Be patient with yourself and others

Remember that others may not be on the same path as you, and change is hard. Don't allow yourself to get discouraged with slow progress. It's a marathon, not a sprint—allow yourself time to build momentum.

6. Take care of yourself

Don't overlook this. If you don't look after your body, none of the other principles will matter. Make a commitment to good self-care.