What it means to be productive

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Step 1: It starts with setting goals

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. ~ Tony Robbins

  • What do I want to see happen in my business (or life) over the next 3 months?
  • Why do I want to see these things happen in my business (or life)?
  • How can I be more specific about what I’ve just written down?
  • Launch my website
  • Connect with influencers
  • Join a mastermind group
  • Learn Instagram

Step 2: Make your goals SMART

People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going. ~ Earl Nightingale

  • Specific — what exactly do you want to accomplish? Don’t be vague
  • Measurable — how will you know once you’ve accomplished your goal? Use a % or #
  • Attainable — stretch yourself, but don’t stretch too far — is your goal attainable?
  • Relevant — it has to matter to you and your business
  • Time-bound — give yourself a deadline: when will you reach your goal by?
  • Specific — I want to learn how to grow my following on Instagram in order to gain credibility and connect and learn more about my audience
  • Measurable — Increase followers to 5,000 and connect with at least 50 of them one-on-one, outside of Instagram
  • Attainable — I can do this!
  • Relevant — Yes, Instagram is where my avatar is hanging out and these connections will help me to connect and learn more about my audience, all while gaining credibility through providing valuable content
  • Time-bound — I’m giving myself 90 days; my deadline = April 1

Step 3: Put a plan in place

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. ~ Pablo Picasso

Step 4: Win tomorrow today

Being able to start your day already knowing what ONE task you will accomplish before the day is over takes the guesswork out of getting started. ~ John Lee Dumas

Step 5: Take action

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. ~ Zig Ziglar

Step 6: Let’s hang out

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own. ~ Mark Victor Hansen

Ongoing productivity

  • Acknowledging my goals and pivoting or adjusting based on my current reality;
  • Re-evaluating what my top priority should be based on my goals;
  • Looking at what I’ve done in the past 30 days to help myself get closer to accomplishing my goals; and finally,
  • Writing out lessons learned and how I’ll avoid any roadblocks or challenges moving forward that I’ve faced over the past 30 days.

The Mastery Journal

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