When it comes to productivity, people often think of Tim Ferriss.
Recently, my good friend Carter Good (of Cartergood.com) told me about the planner that he has been using, and after buying it, I wanted to a film the quick video.
Above is the video, but in this article, I break down Tim Ferriss’s productivity method that is incorporated into the productivity planner.
How To Be More Productive – The Tim Ferriss Method
If you’ve never heard of Tim Ferriss, I highly advise you check out his website here (Tim.Blog)
When I recently purchased this productivity planner, I didn’t think much of it until I started using it.
And it’s awesome.
Being similar to my current routine of focus blocks and Pomodoros (described below) it lets me plan out in an easy to use way.
As you can see from the picture above, this productivity method has a few different characteristics which help to propel your performance.
Start With Your Full Week
First off, you need to start with the whole week.
Pick five tasks that are the major importance of the week and focus on them.
This is how to be more productive, start by selecting your five most significant tasks for the week that NEED to get done.
Then prioritize and pick what five tasks would be great to get done, and lastly another five that if completed, would make you ecstatic.
Leaving you with a total of 15 tasks, although only five main focuses for the week.
Then you break down five tasks for each day with the amount of time that will be allocated to that task on each specific day.
Set Aside Time For Tasks
The productivity planner uses Pomodoro’s for each task requiring that you determine ahead of time how much time you will use for each main task.
What is A Pomodoro?
“The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks(1.)”
This is important because its a record to see how well you performed.
And by setting aside time for each task, instead of assuming you will have it, you are 100% sure that you are ready for the workday ahead.
For the biggest task, you need to set aside the most amount of time.
The most prominent task should be the one, which if you can only get one done, still leaves you feeling accomplished.
Tim says this on it:
“Block out at least 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow. TO BE CLEAR: Block out at least 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.” (From the Productivity Planner)
Review and Planning Your Next Day
This is a time for reflection and planning for the next day.
Tim likes to plan the morning of and pick 3-5 things that need to get done throughout the day, but I like to plan the night before.
Not only is reviewing performance the night before a great way to keep yourself accountable, but it is also a great way to de-stress and allow that day to fall into the past.
And then, by planning the next day, as soon as you wake up you are ready to be productive.
How Does This Fit Into Higher Leverage Skills?
Productivity is one of the major sections of LIFE because if this isn’t mastered than neither is your life.
By learning how you can be productive and how your brain works, you can set your day up for success.
And that is a high leverage skill in itself.
It allows you to use your resources, pursue your why and get ahead of the day.
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