Episode 11: How to Have a Productive (and Great) Day

 

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Over the last few episodes we have been talking about time periods of productivity. We thought about the month, several podcasts about the week. It is time to talk about the value of the day. I think this is one of the hardest pieces of productivity to master. It is easy to set big goals…it is harder to move them forward consistently each day (I even used a football reference for the first time in my career in this episode). I have been excited about this episode because I share one of my new favorite productive geek fascinations.

The List:
We have three great blog posts for you to check out this episode. They are all important to our conversation.

How to Measure Progress in Your Personal Goals: Daily, Weekly and Monthly: Belle Beth Cooper
Goals aren’t worth that much if we aren’t reaching them. To reach them, we need to track them. It’s essential. She shares about monthly goals, review processes and easy ways to track progress.

The Best Times to Write and Get Ideas, According to Science: Kevan Lee
I think one of the secrets of high functioning people is their ability to know when they get things done. To realize certain times of the day seem to be wired for certain activities. What do you do better in the morning, afternoon or evening.

How to be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done from Josh Whedon: Ari Karpel
Joss Whedon’s ability to do many different things at the same time is amazing. Not multitasking, but handling several really big projects at the same time. This blog post is a great look into the mind of a creative genius.

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How to Have a Productive (and Great) Day

I believe there is a secret to building a personal theology of “the day.” This secret is simple. Know what you absolutly must do each day to move forward. Ministry is interesting because we can spend all of our time just keeping the ball in the air. I think this is a disservice to calling as well as the people we are ministering with.

Casey Graham (founder of The Rocket Company) wrote a really interesting blog post. He shared a secret to an extremely fruitful week in the life of his company.

How One Calendar Change Made Us $33,000

While our goal in ministry isn’t making money (no matter what people might say), there are some great lessons to be learned in Casey’s blog post. Having a focused point of each day, even if it means devoting a whole day to mundane tasks, lets anyone really do great work when it matters.

I have also become fascinated with day sheets and how they can help us organize each day. I discovered them pretty recently. Here are a few options for day sheets.

David Seah’s Emergent Task Planner. (amazon purchase link)
Donald Miller’s Storyline sheet
Ben Arment’s Storycraft sheet

Bill Streger Interview
A few episodes back I first shared Bill’s Massive Action Plan. It is a fantastic weekly planning sheet. I have a quick conversation with Bill about his church, his productivity strategy and his use of planning sheets.

BillStreger.com
@Billstreger
Weekly Massive Action Plan

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  • Dustin Gallup

    Hey Chad, love the podcast. The task planner sheets idea has really helped me engage the day and be more productively. I already thought I had a good pace, but now I am finding myself get done with my normal tasks ahead of schedule on the day and I’m able to use those extra minutes in the day to get more done. It also prevents me from getting to distracted when I look down at my tasks list and just move right on to the next quick one.

    I was able to make my own tasks sheet based on many of the ideas you provided.

    Thanks for your work on this podcast. I’m looking forward to the next season!

    • Dustin-Thanks. It’s great to hear how things are working for you. I love the idea of sheets also. They have changed so many things.

      I’m glad you are digging the podcast. If you haven’t yet, I would love an iTunes review and rating.

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