Confidence can be defined as a judgment about your competences for accomplishing a goal. When you have high confidence, you believe that you are very capable of successfully finishing the task at hand. But I believe it also works the other way around: If you can make strong progress towards your goals, if you work to have a very productive day, you’ll end up the day with the feeling of mission accomplished, with a clear vision of your target becoming closer. You’ll end up more confident and successful!
So here are a few tips on being more productive:
1. Put in minutes.
There are 1,440 minutes in every day. That means approximately 525,600 minutes each year. Intentionally invest every minute in something worthwhile. This can work well in a lot of different areas, for instance, I read Spanish news on my mobile phone every time I need to wait for the bus! It’s only a few minutes but I can work on one of my goals twice a day without compromising my work.
2. Live by the 80/20 rule.
Remember: eighty percent of the effects come from only 20 percent of the causes. Focus on the important 20 percent to have maximum impact and ignore the rest. Be disciplined about this and never again spend one priceless hour more at work than with the family – not if that won’t make any visible progress towards your next goal!
3. Intentionally say no to most things.
Most times, by saying yes, you're saying no to other things that are often more vital. Be kind but firm in saying no to things that are outside of your line of vision, objectives, and aspirations.
4. Don't create to-do lists.
Instead of listing everything you have to do, which can beat you and confuse others, schedule everything on a calendar. I started to make my weekly schedule for the week every Monday as soon as I sit on my computer and it makes a world of difference. Work on your weekly plan with a list of your targets and priorities right next to the Monday to Friday grid. I can assure you that this will be the most precious tool for a productive and fulfilling week!
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.