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Proactiveness: The Glue to Achieving Productivity

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Proactiveness: The Glue to Achieving Productivity
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." Anne Frank Proactiveness is easier defined than practiced. By definition, being proactive is taking initiative regardless of requirements. A person marked by proactivity consistently finds a solution to a potentially negative situation and takes action before it is required.

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Proactiveness

Being proactive is taking initiative regardless of the requirement and not just reacting to situations. It requires awareness, self-discipline and an eye for the future.

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Create Routines and Check-ups

Develop a schedule that allows you to focus on what matters most. 

Then, once your plan is established, set up reminders – periodic check-ups to see if you’re staying on task. It ...

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Prepare for Difficult Situations

Creating a small chunk of time to mentally gear-up for difficult situations is a proactive step in the right direction.

Writing your thoughts down can be helpful. Make a list of the question...

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Frontloading

This is the opposite of procrastinating. To frontload a project, set up a schedule that forces you to do the bulk of your work within the first 50% of the time you have allotted for the proj...

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Focus on Communication

A lot of productivity is lost each day through miscommunication or non-communication. 

If it’s your responsibility to reach out to someone, don’t delay and don’t distract from the...

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Be Proactive

Reactive people believe the world is happening to them. They focus on things that are in their circle of concern, but not in their circle of influence.

Proactive people recognize that they are able to choose how they will respond to a given situation. They focus on the things they can do something about. 

Begin with the End in Mind

Start with a clear destination to determine your steps. Identify your values and live by them.

  • Visualize in detail your own funeral. What are they saying about how you lived your life, and your relationships? What do you want them to say? Change your priorities accordingly.
  • Break down different roles in your life - whether professional, personal or in a community. List 3-5 goals you want to achieve for each. 
  • Define what scares you and write down exactly how you'll handle it.

Go after your goals

Prioritize your day-to-day actions based on what is most important, not what is most urgent.

Be disciplined to follow these actions regardless of how you feel at any given moment. Maintain a primary focus on relationships and results, and a secondary focus on time.

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The weekly review

It’s dedicated time to think about the past week, reflect on what went well and what didn’t, and plan for the week ahead. 

It’s a chance to get aligned with your goals and ensure that the work you’re doing on a daily basis is helping you reach them

The 3 parts of a weekly review

  • Get Clear: process all your loose-ends.
  • Get Current: make sure all your items are up to date.
  • Get Creative: come up with new ideas to improve how you live and work.

Benefits of weekly reviews

  • You gain an objective view of the week: a weekly review forces you to practice intention by taking time to pause and reflect as you consider what you did versus what you planned to do.
  • You become proactive in planning: a weekly review isn’t only a retrospective, but a prospective too. It lets you run through the upcoming Monday to Friday proactively.