The single most effective productivity tip is Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection.
It's a powerful tip, because it helps you get better and better results, each day, each week, each month, each year, etc. It's also powerful because it helps you get fresh starts, so you can use your best energy for your best results.
Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection also helps you figure out what's worth spending time on. It helps you get a simple vision for your day and your week. This helps you apply clarity to chaos, and rise above the noise, by taking a balcony view, before you jump into the fray.
It as simple as 1-2-3 and it works like this:
1. On Monday, identify Three Wins that you want to achieve for the week. A simple way to do this is to imagine that if this was Friday, and you were looking back, what would you want to be able to say you accomplished. They are your private and public victories.
2. Each day, identify Three Wins that you want for that day. Maybe it's "win a raving fan" or hit a meaningful milestone, or clear your backlog, or reach a new level of awesome in something you do every day.
3. On Friday, identify three things going well and three things to improve. Use the lessons and insights to figure out a way to improve your approach for the coming week. Maybe it means biting off less stuff. Maybe it means finding out how to prioritize better. Maybe it's reminding yourself to finish what you start. Either way, use it to improve your personal ability to achieve the results you want.
Keep in mind that time changes what's important, which is why it's important to have both a view for the week, as well as a view for today. This helps you balance and make better trade-offs. You'll also find that having a simple vision for your days and week, will give you a new level of confidence and clarity that will inspire more meaningful moments and help you build momentum in work and life.
By focusing on Three Wins, you practice figuring out what you and others actually value. You put a bow on it. When you get to the end of your day, and you can rattle off three achievements that you are proud of, it makes the day more meaningful. And, this is especially true, when you get to the end of your week, and you can easily state Three Wins you accomplished, either to yourself, or to your manager, or to whoever cares.
This simple act will help you clarify value, articulate value, focus on value, and most importantly, appreciate your own efforts, when you fight the good fight or lean in on the tough stuff.
It makes the journey worth it.
The beauty is you can start right here, right now -- just ask yourself, "What are Three Wins that you want for today?"
Monday Vision, Daily Wins, Friday Reflection is from Agile Results, introduced in the book, Getting Results the Agile Way (A Personal Results System for Work and Life.)