Did you ever wonder how those people do it? You know the people I mean? They have so much energy and focus that they’ve got that magic “something” and nothing seems to stop them from making whatever they want happen! I know I used to look at those special people with wonder and wonder outloud, “How did they do that?


Not too long ago, I would pass out at 4pm or so in the afternoon. Do you know what I mean? I was done. Kaput. Finished for the day and I still had a couple of hours more of work that needed to be done. In order to be somewhat productive, I would have to front load my day so that I could finish everything I could before my energy would die – kind of like the battery power on your computer. Once it was gone, it was gone. I could never figure out why I couldn’t do any work past 4pm. No matter what I tried, I just was exhausted! Does that ever happen to you? You want to do more, but your brain and your body yell, “No!” In another post I will explore how to manage the energy component, but in this post, I want to focus on the few steps that made all the difference in my productive output under the same conditions.


Through my studies I discovered a few simple changes to my routine that dramatically changed my output during the day. So when that 4pm bell rang, I was satisfied with my productivity. I figured out a way to work smarter and not harder. A few simple shifts and the discpline to be consistent with my new practice made all the difference in my productive output. In this past year, I wrote and released a guided journal, a goal planning workbook and created numerous blog posts, articles, videos and social media posts that help my family, friends, clients and my audience live happier and more fulfilled lives. That wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t insert these smart practices into my daily routine. Now you can too!

Minor changes can make a major difference over time – Christine Jeffrey

Here are the essential ingredients of productivity’s secret sauce. High performers are smart about their productivity and use tools that make a difference. I must warn you that by applying these steps, consistently, you may experience significant shifts in your self trust and may become prouder about how you are showing up in your world!


  1. Identify the outputs that matter most and choose the one to focus on that would make the biggest movement toward accomplishing your number one priority.
  2. Identify the 5 most important actions to make that goal happen and schedule them on your calendar. When you schedule something and set an alarm for it, it becomes real.
  3. Eliminate the distraction that takes up most of your attention. When you do this, you create space in your brain to devote your FULL attention to the task at hand. You will accomplish tasks faster when you are single minded in execution. In this area, some of us may be challenged by other people! The answer may be as simple as accomplishing your work in a time or a place where and when you will not be disturbed. You’re smart and creative. You can figure this out.

How much would more could you get done if you made these minor shifts in how you accomplished your plans and projects? In a week? In a year? In a decade? You don’t have to take my word for it! Try it for yourself and see and let me know how it goes.

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