March 19

Grab the Holy Grail of Productivity with These 5 Practices

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Stop! I have a question for you today. What is your daily routine? Some of you read that last sentence and stopped dead in your tracks and thought about it for a second, while others chose to ignore the question because they prefer not to think about what they do everyday because it can be overwhelming.

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Be Honest with Yourself First

If we’re honest with ourselves (myself included) each of us has a daily routine that either helps us or hurts us when seeking after our daily success. I do not believe that it’s due to a lack of trying…I believe it’s due to a lack of intentionality. Let me share four things that you can do immediately that will improve your chances for daily success and ultimately a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment in your personal and professional life.

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Be Quiet

Quiet time, devotional time or meditation to start your day. I’m serious, the more that you remove yourself from the daily hustle and bustle while effectively spending time to think about what is good and what you are grateful for on a daily basis, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish due to a different mindset. For me, it’s my devotional time and prayer that helps me to realign to what God has me on this earth to do.

Give it Away

Delegate at least 7 days in advance. Stop trying to do it all yourself! That is a trap and will only lead to what I like to call the three B’s, burn out, bitterness and brokenness in your life. Delegate as much as you can and as often as you can with the 7 day rule of giving it away.

Stick to the Schedule

Plan out your daily schedule (The Carthen Top 5). My bride and I have a set pattern that we try to follow with our schedules, especially with our young children. Follow the “Carthen Top 5” of no more than 5 tasks for completion on a daily basis. This helps to set us up for small wins on a daily basis. Small wins lead to awesomely big victories! It also helps to keep us centered and to allow us some grace if we fall short.

Accountability Goals

Socialize and discuss your agenda with other people. This may sound a little strange at first, but if you are intentional and create clarity around your goals, the transparency only makes sense and will add to the urgency for completion of the tasks necessary and required to hit your goals. Socialize and talk about it, don’t try to hide your goals because that’s the easy way out! Discussion makes it become real and actionable.

Visual Progression with Markers

Create weekly outputs for clarity and a map to follow. I’m not sure about you, but I am a very visual person. If you can show me something one time, I have the progression in my mind almost immediately. For that reason, my top five and things like it need to be front and center to make it more of a reality in my daily pursuits.

As we develop our own systems together, be sure to track your progression with a mind map or something similar that shows the progress and identifies the small wins we described previously. It not only serves to inform your progress, but provides a point of celebration for all involved as you hit some major milestones on the path to your success!

Point of Clarity Quote:

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

-Bruce Lee

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