In this post I will lay out the exact steps for better time management and productivity so you can crush your goals in 2019.
Are you hoping to manage your time better, be more productive, and finally kick some goal setting butt this next year?
If you’re like me, and most everyone else out there, another year goes by and we realize we just weren’t as productive as we set out to be throughout the year. But, believe it or not, you can have an amazing year. You can blow away every goal you set for yourself. And it doesn’t even require getting up at 4am every morning to do this.
Over the years I have learned some really amazing tips that help me improve my life and tackle my goals easily. I have big plans (see my 10-year goals page if you’re curious!) and in order to go after my dreams, I have to apply these very tips. I promise you, I’m not that special. I’m not superwoman, I don’t have special skills. But I have narrowed down the exact steps I need to take in order to get things done and achieve my goals.
So read on and I will list the exact steps I take, which are super easy and actionable, to be better at time management so that I can be more productive. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to go after your dreams and finally start living your best life.
Contents and Quick Links
- 0.1 Steps to Improve Your Time Management and Productivity
- 1 FREE 13-Page Time Management and Productivity Workbook! Crush your goals in 2019 with this step-by-step guide!
- 1.0.1 Step 5: Make sure they are specific
- 1.0.2 Step 6: Think about why these goals are important to you
- 1.0.3 Step 7: Break your yearly goals down into smaller steps
- 1.0.4 Step 8: Break down those monthly goals into weekly goals
- 1.0.5 Step 9: Break them down into daily goals
- 1.0.6 Step 10: Make a task list of what you need to focus on
- 1.0.7 Step 11: Schedule time every day to work on your goals
- 1.0.8 Step 12: Buy a success planner
- 1.0.9 Step 13: Use it every day
- 1.0.10 Step 14: Start a new habit by giving yourself 5 minutes every morning to write in your success planner
- 1.0.11 Step 15: Review your journal every night
- 1.0.12 Step 16: By listing the top priority tasks for the day, and scheduling when you will do them, you will get more done
- 1.0.13 Step 17: Reward progress
- 1.0.14 Step 18: Establish accountability
- 1.1 Recap
- 1.2 Action Steps
Steps to Improve Your Time Management and Productivity
Before I launch into all the steps, I have to tell you, time management starts with a plan. You can’t be productive and you can’t achieve your goals if you don’t have a plan in place. So keep this in mind. Every step is based off this one simple truth. You need a plan.
Step 1: Review your 2018
Think about how your last year has gone. What went well this year? Did work improve somehow? Are you earning more? Did you save more? Did you achieve any of the goals you set for yourself?
Now, think about what didn’t go so well. Did you fail to even set goals for this last year? Is there anything you wish you had focused on but didn’t? What could have been better?
Step 2: Brainstorm your top goals for 2019
After thinking about this last year, and what could have been better, brainstorm what you want to accomplish this next year. This will help you develop your top goals for 2019.
As you work through this process, be as specific as possible. For instance, if you feel like you just weren’t as healthy as you wanted to be last year, and you want to change this for next year, you could say something like “I want to live a healthier life in 2019”. This is a great statement and where you need to start. But written this way, it’s just a wish.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A goal needs to be specific enough to act upon. Ask yourself how you will live a healthier life. You could expand this to include:
- I want to add exercise to my daily routine. I will walk 10,000 steps every day.
- I will track my calories every day for 90 days.
- I will eat healthier by cooking at home at least 6 days a week and packing my own lunch at least 4 days a week.
Each of these allows you to take action which can be tracked and measured.
Step 3: Set your long term goals
Look even further ahead, 5-10 years, and think about the life you dream of. What do you want to accomplish 5 years from now? Do you want to be earning an extra $50,000 a year? Do you want to buy your dream home? Or, maybe you want to quit your job and work from home? Do you dream of completing a triathlon?
If you could dream up your ideal life 5 years from now, what would it look like? How about 10 years from now? Would you dream even bigger? Do you want to retire or move overseas? Be home with the kids?
Write out some aspects of what your life should look like in the future. Then, write them in the form of measurable and specific goals.
Now, think about what you need to accomplish this year to be on track to achieve your long term goals. These are the things you need to focus on in 2019. Do they align with the goals you wrote earlier? If not, review the goals your wrote down in step 2. Do you still feel that they are important to your next year and your future? If so, keep them.
For how-to reading on setting your 10-Year goals, read 10-Year Goals: Why You Need Them Today,
Step 4: Write down your final list of goals for 2019
Using the list of goals you brainstormed in steps 2 and 3, write down the full list of goals you created. Put them in order, with goal #1 being your most important goal.
The top 5 goals that you wrote down will be the main goals that you focus on. You can include more, but to get started, go with your top 5.
Pro tip: I like to list my goals by category: Life goals, career goals, family goals, health goals, personal goals, financial goals, etc. Then, I pick my top goal from each category. This way I’m focusing on improving all aspects of my life.