Improving your level of productivity is not a result that will happen on its own. It will require learning some new skills and, more importantly, actually implementing them. We’ll take a look at one such ability in this report. The ability to use micro-milestones to complete your important tasks in a timely manner.
Implementing this skill will mean that you have a systematic way of completing important tasks. One of the real benefits of doing this is that you will have more time with family and friends. You will also feel a very real sense of accomplishment doing this. On the other hand, having this ability will be another way to avoid completing important tasks. It also means that you can completely avoid feeling that feeling of not finishing something that you know you should have.
THE MICROMILE STRATEGY
Before we jump headlong into this productivity-enhancing strategy, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page.
Wikipedia defines “Milestone” have
“…a milestone is an event that receives special attention.”
This is where ambiguity can start to come into play when it comes to this strategy. What we’re looking for here is a marker that exists in the duration of a total task that you’ll use as a way to break up that task and allow you to complete a part of it.
When it comes to choosing the marker, it should be something that makes sense for you specifically. For example, if we have chosen as a task to write a book, then one of the subtasks would be to write a chapter of that book. For our purposes, we can go a step further and say that our micro-milestone in this case could be 1,000 words.
The important thing to note here is that the micro-milestone should be chosen in a way that you don’t feel overwhelmed trying to complete the entire task in one sitting.
Think of it this way, “How do you eat an elephant?”
The answer is simple.
“One bite at a time!”
In our case, one bite at a time will be the micro-milestones. This will tend to create positive momentum for you and lead to an overall improvement in productivity.
WHY DOES THIS WORK?
The micro milestone strategy is effective because of three specific principles that work synergistically to create a whole that is greater than its parts.
The first principle is the idea of ”Momentum”. One of the biggest enemies of productivity is the idea of inertia or non-motion. Most of the time, you delay starting a task due to the perception of being overwhelmed by it or biting off much more than you can comfortably handle at the moment.
By choosing micro-milestones, you will find yourself more proactive and not overwhelmed. By completing micro-milestone after micro-milestone, you’ll build positive momentum.
The second principle of “Commitment” works with the idea that when we have decided that we are going to do something and start on that path, we will tend to stay on it until we reach the logical end. In this case, by committing to completing a micro milestone, you’ve made the beginning easier because you know the end isn’t some far, unreachable place.
Finally, the last principle that makes micro-milestones work is the idea of ”Consistency”. All of us are programmed to be consistent with how we see ourselves. That is why it is so difficult not to fulfill something that you have promised to finish. That said, I would like to clarify what I just wrote. If you were forced to commit to something by an outside authority, the effect of this principle is greatly diminished because you didn’t actually make the decision yourself.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
In this report, we take a hard look at a strategy that, if implemented, can increase your productivity. We examine some of the WHY reasons behind your increased productivity, explain the idea of micro-milestones, cover the principles that make this specific strategy work, and finally what to do if you encounter three popular roadblocks. By allowing yourself to consistently implement the micro-milestone strategy, you will find that your productivity levels start to skyrocket. What’s interesting about this is that it’s starting to become a pervasive effect. The other areas of your life will become productive because as your drive increases, so does your feeling of being a more productive person. This means more fulfilling personal relationships, more successful business and/or professional outcomes, and of course, a greater sense of accomplishment.