I would like to offer what I call the Ten Ps of Productivity. I hope this will be a helpful shorthand for your own Life Management system.
1. Purpose: This is determined by your values, mission, and goals. Remember: the purpose of life is to discover your purpose of life.
2. Passion: The more you enjoy something, the more likely you are to excel. Joseph Campbell encouraged all his students to ‘Follow Your Bliss.’ Doing what you love is a very logical idea and a rewarding way to live.
3. Positive: Your attitude alone can determine the level of your success. Henry Ford once said “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” Choose to be a perennial optimist.
4. Possible: Although all your endeavors should be bold, they also need to be reasonable. Stretch to achieve a new level, but do not attempt to skip beyond your competence.
5. Prepare: Productive people do their homework and are ready to overcome potential obstacles. Do your due diligence and research your opportunities.
6. Plan: Goals are not enough. You need to have a rational methodology for any desired target. Make sure that you consider your options and reflect on “Plan B’ as well.
7. Prioritize: Avoid doing things in a haphazard fashion. Always choose those items that are the most important to you. These normally have large, global, or long-lasting impacts.
8. Persistence: Rome was not built in a day. You must strive to continue, even when the wind is against you. Small incrementals will eventually produce a big result. Winston Churchill declared: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
9. Performance: How you use your time will determine your overall results. This is a daily battle. What you do each and every day will cumulatively be the summation of your life’s work.
10. People: No one is really an island; the idea of a ‘self-made’ millionaire is a fallacy (certainly such an individual had parents, customers, employees, vendors, etc.). Relationships are extremely important, especially as our globe shrinks and it becomes a completely interdependent world.