• Laura L. Scott

How Productive Are You?

“The most dangerous distractions are the ones you love, but that don't love you back.”


We often define productivity as getting more things done each and every day. This is simply NOT the case. Productivity is getting important things done consistently every day.


When you hear the name “Warren Buffet”, What comes to mind? Success? Wealth? Business icon? Mr Buffet is one of the most successful investors/businessmen of our lifetime. When he speaks about how he achieved (and continues to achieve) his amazing business success, he attributes it all to his constant focus on productivity.

I recently read an article that shared the 3-step productivity strategy that Warren Buffett uses with his employees to help them identify their priorities and commit to action. It is super simple and can be a real game-changer…


Here’s how it works:


Step 1: Write down your top 25 career goals. You can do this one of a few ways… 25 goals you want to accomplish this week… 25 goals you want to accomplish this quarter… 25 goals you want to accomplish this year… etc…


Step 2: Once you have the list complete, take some time and circle your TOP 5. This will be a tough task, (to narrow down to only 5), so give yourself time to analyze and think it through.


Step 3: Now look at your two lists… Everything you didn’t circle (the 20 remaining goals) just became your Don’t Even Think About It list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5… Buffet explains that items 6 through 25 on your list are things you care about. Yes, they are important to you. It is so easy to spend your time on them. But when you compare them to your top 5 goals, these items become distractions. Spending time on distractions lowers productivity and is the reason you have lots of incomplete tasks instead of 5 completed ones.


Remember, productivity is getting important things done consistently every day. Have a great week!!! #DoTheThing

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