Personal Productivity – Boost it in 15 Minutes

No matter what you do, one day will never be more than twenty-four hours. No matter how long your to-do list grows, you have exactly the same amount of time to get things done as everyone else. If you want a shot of getting it all done, you need a system that is flexible so that it works for your life, but is effective in that it keeps you productive. The PAR System is that system which will bring you elite productivity that you can work into your life.

The PAR (Process + Attitude = Results) System is based on two very simple principles. First, write everything that you have to do down in a notebook or planner and then recopy your list every morning. Secondly, after you have your list, prioritize what needs to be done and do it first. That is it. If you can master those two skills, you can do anything you put your mind to (and then write into your notebook).

Why these two principles?

First, write everything down so that you do not forget. During an average day, you are going to be bombarded with information and questions and stress. No matter how good you are, things slip through the cracks. Without a system, you may forget that you promised to do something for your boss or that you have a deadline tomorrow for a project. However, if you stay disciplined about writing down tasks into your to-do list, your notebook will be your brain. It will keep track of things that you do not. Then, as you recopy your list, you can get the memory jolt you need.

Secondly, prioritization is important because it keeps you from spinning your wheels. Ever had one of those days where you work and work and work and feel like you got nothing accomplished? You probably feel like that because you did not accomplish any of your priorities. Sure, things may have gotten crossed off your list, but they were not what really needed to be done.

It is also important to stick to your priorities after you have set them. Everyone who tries the PAR System should trust themselves enough to know that the priorities they set for themselves right after they have recopied their list are the proper ones during the stress of the workday.

With that being said, there are, of course, things which happen (family emergencies, angry customers, etc.) that will cause shifts in priorities. This is unavoidable, but the PAR System addresses it using the first principle. If sometime pops up that needs to be dealt with, write it down on the to-do list, make a note that it has priority and work on it until it can be checked off.

There is more to the PAR System that builds off these two principles including setting goals and living your dreams, how to tell what is truly most important, and how to reward yourself for achieving your goals. However, none of these things matter without a mastery of first writing things down, recopying them every morning, setting priorities and following them through.

Above all else, I wish you good luck and Godspeed as your follow your path.