A Productivity System that Gives You Control

March 25, 2013 – 4:47 pm | by Matt Ackerson

So I’ve been experimenting recently with a new productivity system.

It was actually born out of the initial challenge I faced with forming a good sleeping habit.

About a month ago, an¬†acquaintance¬†gave me a book called “The Greatest Salesman in the World” and told me to start reading chapter 8 (it’s actually called “Scroll 8″). The challenge was this: read the chapter, every day three times a day, in the morning, before lunch, and before sleep at night.

I accepted the challenge. Over 30 days later now and I am on to the next chapter.

What I found amazing about going through this process was that it has been much easier to form other productive habits on top of this habit of reading a book chapter 3x per day.

For instance, I have 1 more step to do before I go to sleep, so now I’m going to sleep earlier because I’m anticipating when I would ideally want to be reading the chapter next. As a result I’m getting a better, fuller sleep.

The other changes that this one habit has helped me to build have been a daily routine of planning and execution.

At the end of each day, I will plan out my key goals for the next day. Similarly, at the end of each week, I will plan out my goals for the following week. For my weekly planning, I break down my goals into 4 set: revenue generation, product development, health, and fun / relaxation.

As a result of this type of thinking, I’ve developed a tendency to continuously optimize my daily routines, to the point here I’m stacking one small optimization on top of another and then layering it into my daily routine.

For example, I’ve created a small assemblyline type of system for creating content. I’m one person with a lot to get done everyday, and when it comes to creating content, it’s an opportunity that can either become a waste of time, or become a profit producing habit.

Having each of these systems and habits baked into my daily schedule allows me a sense of perspective and control I wouldn’t otherwise have. Rather than running around each day, prioritizing and re-assessing priorities, I have a set of levers that I pull, each and everyday. It’s refreshing, and it produces consistent results so I’m going to keep working at it.

What are your thoughts on my productivity systems? What has worked well for you in the past?

See you in the comments,


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