by Anne Bachrach (USA)

Do you walk into your office armed with an ambitious to-do list? Then watch the day fade away with your having not completed the tasks you had set forth? Why are not you more productive?

There are myriad of reasons you are not achieving the goals you had set for yourself, and we will explore some of them.

Before you can determine why you are not more productive you need to measure your productivity if it was where you believe it should be and why and where you think you may be missing the mark.

What does productivity mean to you?

Does it mean:

  1. Checking off items on a to-do list?
  2. Getting out of the office ‘on time’?
  3. Bringing in X number of new clients per week/day?
  4. Generating X amount of revenue each month?

To truly measure your productivity is to look at the larger picture when it comes to your personal productivity.

Determine what productivity means to you and your business goals. Are you focusing on those items that are necessary to grow the business or are you more focused on checking items off a to-do list? For some entrepreneurs, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from having completed a plethora of tasks is more fulfilling than having tackled a large project that may not have an immediate payoff of ticking it off your task list. If that’s the case with you, take your large project and put it on your list – if checking off an item makes you feel productive and keeps you motivated, then don’t deny that internal feeling.

Source: iCN Issue 36  (Using NLP in Coaching); pages 39-41

About Anne M. Bachrach

Anne Bachrach is known as The Accountability Coach™.  She has over 23 years of experience training and coaching.  Business owners and entrepreneurs who utilize Anne’s proven systems and processes work less, make more money, and have a more balanced and successful life. Anne is the author of the books, Excuses Don’t Count; Results Rule!, and Live Life with No Regrets; How the Choices We Make Impact Our Lives, No Excuses!, and The Work Life Balance Emergency Kit. Go to and get 3 FREE gifts including a special report on 10 Power Tips for Getting Focused, Organized, and Achieving Your Goals Now.  Join the FREE Silver Inner Circle Membership today and receive 10% off on all products and services, in addition to having access to assessments and high-content resources to help you achieve your goals so you can experience a more balanced and successful life ( ).