5 Productivity Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Today

You have a lot of ideas and are beaming with enthusiasm but somewhere the results are not showing up as you expect them to be.

Or maybe you just get stuck at maximizing the productivity of your time.

You keep wondering on the next step to take in your business or your job.

If you hear yourself saying things like –

“24 hours is too less”

“I don’t know where to begin with”

“How do I do so many things and still get the best results!”

You are suffering from “Productivity Loss”, my friend!

I know I just created that term to make me look smart (not boasting at all) but what it really means is that you do have what it takes to solve all of the above problems I stated. The only place you are lacking is asking yourself the right questions that will make you more disciplined, high- yielding and satiated.

I urge you to take a pen and paper and reflect on the below questions. Write down everything that comes to your mind pertaining to those questions without any inhibitions. This is after all your self – reflection for a more productive YOU.

You have a lot of ideas and are beaming with enthusiasm but somewhere the results are not showing up as you expect them to be.

Or maybe you just get stuck at maximizing the productivity of your time.

You keep wondering on the next step to take in your business or your job.

If you hear yourself saying things like –

“24 hours is too less”

“I don’t know where to begin with”

“How do I do so many things and still get the best results!”

You are suffering from “Productivity Loss”, my friend!

I know I just created that term to make me look smart (not boasting at all) but what it really means is that you do have what it takes to solve all of the above problems I stated. The only place you are lacking is asking yourself the right questions that will make you more disciplined, high- yielding and satiated.

I urge you to take a pen and paper and reflect on the below questions. Write down everything that comes to your mind pertaining to those questions without any inhibitions. This is after all your self – reflection for a more productive YOU.

1.  Where do I see myself 1 year from now?

I consider this a very important question because it not only gives us goals for ourselves but also draws an organized path to achieve it. Such is the beauty of time that when you restrict your goals to a time limit it helps you plan better and thus achieve more. It makes you accountable for the results.

These goals can be related to any and every aspect of your life – financial, emotional, health, professional.

You can have your own vision of how you see yourself 1 year down the line in all or one of these buckets.

For example, I sit with a slouched back and that has been causing me health problems for quite sometime now. So I have decided to make it a habit to sit straight while working and see myself not having health problems because of this after a year. I am also working on reaching an optimum weight and plan to be a lot healthier by a year.

2. What do I regret not doing till now ?

We are all humans and missing out is part of life. Not trying to create a FOMO here because that’s just the unnecessary millennial hype. What I am stressing on is to actually think tomorrow is the last day of your life (of course its hypothetical but consider it serious for this exercise).

So if you happen to live just one more day what are the things that you would have regretted not doing or want to do immediately now that you just have another 24 hours left ?

I know this question can be too vulnerable and extreme but such extremities are sometimes  important for us to realise what really matters to us and holds dear in our life.

It is only after asking yourself this you may come up with answers such as –

“I should have spent more time with my family and close friends”

“I should have made that call and told about my feelings”

These are some of the emotional questions that might come to you. After you reflect on these try venturing to solely yourself and think about what you left out that would have really completed you!

“Publishing that book that you never wrote but always dreamed of”

“Buying that guitar to give a life to your passion for music”

“Taking that leap of faith and finally starting your business that you built in your hostel dorm”

3. Will it help me reach my goals ?

After reflecting on the question above, you definitely will come up with things that mean the most to you and you want to work on to achieve in the next 1 year. Now narrow down to the ones that will help your goals to realize a more fulfilled you.

I highly suggest to keep these goals realistic considering the time frame and then create small steps towards it.

Putting myself on spot here. I plan to have a certain number of videos on my YouTube Channel after a year for which I have deliberately dedicated the first half of my Saturdays. Normally I sleep on and laze around (yeah I do that too) on Saturdays but since I brought on this goal for me I stick to my schedule of creating videos for my channel in the first half of the day.

These little steps amount to a bigger collection of results that align you to your goals.

For example, if you want to start writing a book, list down the chapters first that will would form the backbone of your book. Then give timelines to each of these chapters for completion.

4. Highlight of my day!

For this exercise I suggest you make a diagram like the one in the photo below and write down the things that help you take a mile towards your goal under Highlights section. This can be something as simple as journaling your personal experiences, practising that guitar everyday or whatever that you feel is aligned towards your goal.

For me the act of dedicating my weekends to my YouTube Channel is my highlight as that makes me feel more accomplished of my routine and takes me closer to my goals.

Under Let Go, write down the things or feelings (or even people) that are holding you back from realising your full potential. These can be things that make you feel negative or lower your self esteem.

For me, my Let Go is definitely imperfect cooking as I am not great at it and sometimes can feel disappointed when the meal doesn’t turn out the best as per my expectations. This especially happens when I cook for my family with all my heart. So I have learnt to let go of expecting to cook perfectly like a chef and that in fact makes me proud when I get better at it every time.

5. 5/5. RULE

“Is it going to matter to me 5 years down the line ?”

This is has been my 100% full proof formula to let go of my anxieties, worries and over burdening perfectionism. And I totally recommend this to everyone whenever they have disturbing thoughts such as anger, hatred, envy, feeling of failure, disappointment, basically any feeling that won’t help your success.

If your answer to the above question is NO put it in your Let go list above and start working on actually letting it go ! It’s that simple yet takes great effort.

For me, I get jittery when I don’t answer to emails or texts within 15 minutes.Given our busy lifestyles its not always possible to get back to a text within minutes each time so I have decided to not get bothered about it and work on Letting It Go!

This helps me concentrate on the big picture and not fret over tiny distractions in our daily lives that deter us from our goals.

I think I gave you enough material for the day to get you kick started on becoming more productive and high achieving version of you.

If you have some specific points that you need to discuss with me, feel free to drop me an email or hit the DM on my socials. I would love to help you out and make you walk that path to your success.

Just in case you are not much of a reader to go through my blah blah in so many words above you can always check out my video on YouTube that I kept precisely keto short and sweet to give you that bullet of information in a small timeframe.

P.S. I care about your time too!

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