Highly Productive People Ask Themselves This 1 Question

Reece Robertson


Many people define productivity as putting in the hours, doing the work or simply showing up. Although being productive is not so much about the work you do, but rather, the results you produce.

Many times, the people who are doing the most aren’t the ones who are achieving the most. They’re often more focused on the number of hours they’re “putting in” than what they’re actually doing with those hours.

Hence, Benjamin P. Hardy has said,

“Success isn’t that difficult; it merely involves taking twenty steps in a singular direction. Most people take one step in twenty directions.”

Taking one step in twenty directions is a clear sign you don’t really know what you’re doing or where you’re going. When you don’t know where you’re going, everything can begin to feel urgent and important.

When everything feels urgent and important, you end up getting pulled in every direction and wind up doing figure 8’s — which never actually moves you any closer to success.

Thus, the most highly productive people ask themselves one question that ensures they’re always focused on what matters most. Here it is:

“What do I Need to Do and Why?”

“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” -Peter Drucker

It seems so simple, yet very people actually take the time to do it. Hence, Jim Rohn has brilliantly said, “What’s simple to do is also simple not to do.”

If you’re not truly taking the time to get your priorities in order each day, then I can guarantee you’re not as effective as you could be.

Of course, there are always many things we could do, but being truly productive means asking: “What should I do?”

It’s essentialism. It’s realizing that the world is full of options and possibilities, but most of them are simply bad choices. As John C. Maxwell has said,

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

So, what does this practice actually look like?

Well, for wherever you want to go, there is a path. There is a certain set of actions and activities that will lead you closer to your desired end.

For example, writing articles is what truly moves an aspiring blogger to where they want to be. Lifting weights and eating right is how you build muscle. Most of the time, anything else is just fluff.

Thus, your responsibility is to work out what moves you towards your desired end and then do only those things.

This may sound like the ‘80/20 Rule’ because it basically is. 80% of your results will come from 20% of what you do. The clearer you get on the 20% of activities that truly move the needle for you, then the easier your life will be.

How to Find the 20% and Remove the Rest

“What are you currently treating like a priority that is actually a distraction?” -Gary Keller

If you plant a plot of strawberries in your backyard, a few plants will very quickly turn into many. What started as just a small section of strawberries can soon overtake the entire garden.

Although what catches many new gardeners by surprise is that there is also a weed that can grow and mimic the strawberry plant.

By appearance, it looks to have the same characteristics with similar leaves and flowers. Although no matter how much you care for it, it will never produce any fruit.

Indeed, it creates the illusion that your garden is growing and thriving, but in reality, you have nothing more than wasted space.

So, the question is: What are you currently focused on in your life that never actually produces any fruit?

What fills up the garden of your life but is really never more than a weed?

If you got rid of it, how much better could your life be? Of course, Benjamin P. Hardy has brilliantly said,

“The law of the harvest is always in effect. What you plant, you must harvest. Furthermore, what you plant consistently overtime eventually yields a compounded or exponential harvest.”

If you want different results, you’ll have to uproot your current behaviors and plant different seeds in your daily life. For every action, there is a consequence. Decide the consequences you want, and shape your actions to suit.

In Conclusion

What is currently in the garden of your life, that if you were really being honest needs to be plucked up?

What are the new seeds that need to be planted?

How can you ensure that what really matters gets the nourishment and attention that it needs?

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