This week I am so excited to be featuring Chris Ducker, which you probably already know. He is a well-known entrepreneur, author, podcaster, public speaker, and a lot more.
I am going to tell you a secret this week, something a bit personal. During these chaotic times, I’ve been struggling with my daily productivity and goal tracking at some points.
Ok, what’s new about that? You are probably saying. EVERY ENTREPRENEUR is struggling with productivity at the moment.
The thing is, I asked Chris for some advice on how to improve my daily productivity and he sent me a simple but hugely effective technique that boosted my daily productivity.
The technique is called the 1-2-3 method and it was so good that ask Chris if I could share it here with all of you.
And here is Chris explaining how to use the 1-2-3 method…
Now, the first thing I want to tell you is the importance of setting your big goals, just as Chris said before.
Once you set your yearly goals you can break it down into monthly goals, weekly goals, and daily goals.
Why is this so important? Well, we all set big goals at the beginning of the year, we know what we want and is very exciting to see those great goals on the horizon.
But after a few weeks, that big huge goal tends to become a fuzzy idea, something that we want, something that would be nice to have but is just there somewhere in your mind.
Then, the problem is that in your day to day work, you have no idea what your next step should be in order to achieve your big goal.
Breaking down those big goals is a great exercise to keep track of your progress but also is a great way to know if you are willing to commit to your goals. In other words, if you are willing to pay the cost of achieving your goals.
Because setting big goals is free, you can do it anytime and it feels great. Let’s say that you want to start your online business and by the end of the year you want a website and a blog in place with 1,000 subscribers in your email list and 10 paying clients.
Sounds great. Being your own boss, and working on something that you love.
But when you break down your big goals into weekly goals you will see that you need to create content every week, let’s say a new blog post or a new podcast episode.
In order to create new content, you need to research the topic, talk with your audience, and understand what they really need.
I think you get the idea, there is a lot of actions that you need to do every month, every week, and every day if you want to achieve your big goal.
And sometimes, maybe because is not the right time for you or maybe because you just don’t want to pay the cost, but that big goal is not what you really want.
This is why is so important to set the RIGHT long-term goals and from there break it down doing reverse engineering to find out what you should be doing every single day.
The power of doing one thing at a time
I am sure you have heard this phrase before:
“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 5 years”.
Most of the time, if you take action daily you don’t need more than one important task every day in order to reach your long term goals.
But for some reason, we entrepreneurs love multitasking. And that’s a huge mistake.
Multitasking is a myth.
Let me tell you something, I run 2 different businesses and I can do it all because I divide my days in a way that I only do one thing at a time.
For example, I set one full day to do creative work. If a potential client from my other business wants to book with me a call on that day. I am sorry but I am not available.
Blocking time to reply to my emails is another great way to be productive. Let’s say that you reply to your email every day from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. And that’s all, no calls, not meetings….. if you can educate yourself this way you will find the most productive time each day to complete every task.
But again, even it sounds a bit counterintuitive, reaching only one task at a time is the better wat to get things done.