If you want to become more productive, you can’t rely solely on “tricks,” “tips,” and “hacks.” They’ll only get you so far, and they’ll only work for so long. Instead, you need a productive strategy.
Just like how going into battle without a strategy is a sure way to lose, so also approaching each day, week, and year without a sound productive strategy will only lead to failure, frustration, and burnout.
Now, I recognize that developing a productive strategy is much easier said than done.
But, just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
In fact, that’s probably a good indication that it’s really important.
That’s why one of the things I spend a lot of time doing with clients is strategizing.
You see, most of us struggle with five of the core pieces needed for strategic thinking:
- Analyzing the things that happen in their life
- Communication both with themselves and others
- Exercising leadership
- Problem solving
These are some of the core skills needed to excel at strategic thinking. And thus they’re the skills needed to develop a productive strategy as well.
But most of us need quite a bit of help in these areas.
Depending on your particular context, some of these core skills will be more important for your productive strategy than others.
But, no matter what, it is a valuable exercise to go through this brief list and consider where you might score on each one.
Is there a particular area where you could improve?
Is there a particular skill that you possess but aren’t using to its fullest potential?
If you focus on developing these skills in your life, you’ll find that you will naturally begin to think more strategically about your life. And you will be able to come up with better productive strategies, too.
And when that starts happening naturally, it’s pretty remarkable.
Because when you start thinking strategically about your life, you’ll see your productivity skyrocket.