It’s the end of a busy day – you’ve been working all day, but…when you really take a look at what you’ve accomplished, are you baffled by the fact that you’ve really gotten nothing of value done at all?
It’s so easy to get caught up in the thick of things in our increasingly busy and distracted lives, and forget to really pay attention to the things that produce specific, measurable returns.
Whether you spend your days working in an office, running a business of your own, or taking care of things at home, it’s important to inject value in your tasks to avoid monotony and reassure yourself that you’re making the most of your time.
Luckily, it’s fairly easy to determine if what you’re about to embark on each day will produce the value you’re comfortable with.
Follow this 4-step process to determine the best plan of action for your day:
1. Prioritize. First, prioritize your tasks. Give some thought to everything you have in mind to accomplish today and put them in order of which ones you think are most important.
* Based on your role and responsibilities, determine what’s most important.
* Do this each day for the next 21 to 28 days until it becomes a positive and productive habit.
2. Assess the outcome. Once you’ve prioritized, take some time to assess the outcome of each task you’ve listed. What will you achieve when you complete each task? What’s the end result? At this stage, you probably feel confident that you prioritized effectively because you like the results of the top-priority items. Knowing what you want to achieve by considering the outcome makes it that much easier to know then you’ve achieved success. For instance:
* Your boss will pat you on the back for doing a task well.
* Your kids will shower you with hugs and kisses for being super-mom.
3. Determine the impact. Looking at the outcome is important, but really taking a look at the impact or value of the outcome is even more important. Yes, it’s possible to like the results of the top-priority items, but are they giving you the best value or impact? Will you wake up the next day beaming because you feel fulfilled?
* Adding value means producing a result that supports the greater, or possibly a long-term reward.
* You know you’ve achieved value from a task when the returns are evident and unquestionable.
4. Re-prioritize. Now that you’ve determined the value of each task, you’ll need to re-prioritize, but this time your top-priority items will be based 100% on the value to be derived from them.
* Your boss will pat you on the back for doing a task well, and reward you for increasing the company’s revenues.
* Those hugs and kisses from the kids will make you happy, but the value found in their happiness is of utmost importance.
You can probably continue to go though the daily motions, doing things the same way that you currently do them and feel somewhat satisfied at the end. There’s probably nothing wrong with how you handle your days right now, but if the greater reward is what you truly seek, then you’ll be better off trying to determine how to get the most value out of your day.
By sticking to the formula outlined, you can rest assured that you’ll not only get the desired outcome, but also the satisfaction of knowing that the desired outcome will produce the best value proposition.
Actively seek out value and when you’ve found it, it will be very easy to plan your days effectively moving forward.