It’s a new year and many of us make note of “resolutions” they want to accomplish in the next 365 days. While setting a goal is very important, the work is in staying on track. Productivity may be a goal for some in the workplace and it’s difficult to measure your progress unless you plan it out. Britt Joiner at Trello shares her steps on how to plan and track your productivity goals for 2020. This is what she likes to call a “productivity experiment”:
- Start by creating a baseline – Like bench-marking, Joiner suggests to measure things like the percentage of your to-do list that you accomplish each day. By scoring yourself for level of focus, effort, and completion, you can track your progress easily.
- List out some common productivity advice you want to test (your hypotheses) – In this next step you will list out anything you’ve ever wanted to try to see if it helps you be more productive. Some things that you could test include waking up earlier (or on time) reducing your caffeine intake, standing while working, taking more exercise breaks (or exercise while working), tracking your time, start your day with the hardest task first, or only check emails periodically.
- Start trying them—one at a time—and measure the same metrics you recorded in your baseline – Whatever you decided in step 1 as your baseline, it’s time to measure your progress one at a time with the list from step 2. Make sure to be very thorough with your analyses as some days will be different than others and some tasks can be time relevant.
- Analyze performance against the baseline – Joiner shares that you’ll likely find that some items will have a small impact on your productivity, some will have a big impact, and some will have none at all. You might even find that some actually make you less productive! Stick with the activities that you find have the most impact.
Track Your Productivity With Trello And Butler
This being an article on Trello, Joiner suggests to track your productivity on their platform. Granted, while you can track your progress on a word or excel document, the integration and organization of Trello can be more attractive to use. As Joiner says, ” the name-of-the-game here is being able to easily see what is working and what’s not.”
Original Post by Britt Joiner at Trello