Are you working on a project, personal or professional? Sometimes you can get caught up in e-mails or meetings all day and by the time you know it, it is already 7PM and it is time to go home. Later, you are sitting in bed and looking back at your day and wondering if it was productive or not. There is a simple question you can ask yourself to know if you did or not.

Did I make a decision today that helped myself, the project or company move forward?

Simply put, if the answer is yes, then your day is considered productive. You helped move the project forward which in turn helps your team and company come closer to a success. The goal of productivity is doing things so that what you are working on moves forward, not in reverse. Reflect back on the decision or decisions you made and ask yourself ‘Would I have done anything differently, and if so how or what?’. Now, you may not know the outcome of this decision for a week, month or year, but you can evaluate if it helped you and your team move to the next step in the project.

If the answer was no, think why you didn’t make a decision today. Was it because there was no decision to be made, or did you get caught up in things like meetings, e-mails and discussions around the water cooler? People tend to think writing e-mails and having meetings is being productive, but unless those meetings or e-mails resulted in a decision to drive action and move the project forward, it is just considered to be part of the minutiae of business or what is also called business paralysis.


Starting tomorrow when you are having your morning coffee, make sure you think of the potential decisions you need to make today in order to keep moving forward. Don’t be the person that boasts they received 100 e-mails today and responded to all of them. If those e-mails didn’t result in progress or action, then they are considered something you should be doing and not productive.

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
~ Theodore Roosevelt

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.
~ Tony Robbins

Originally posted on Medium