“Every minute you spend in planning saves ten minutes in execution,” claims Brian Tracy. We agree completely!

Even if you consistently work harder than everyone you know, if you’re not working on the smartest, highest-leverage tasks, you’re not going to be as productive as someone who works half as much as you!

When you put time, effort, and focus on planning what you do instead of simply executing all the time, you’ll channel your time and energy into a few concentrated targets—making you much more productive.

Here are some highly effective productivity hacks:

PlanPlus Online takes you step-by-step through the weekly planning process.

PlanPlus Online takes you step-by-step through the weekly planning process.

Plan for the week ahead. Rather than simply planning out the week based on what happens to be in front of you at the moment, you should determine in advance which hours during the upcoming week will be invested in the things you’ve decided are most important.

As you adjust your plan each day, ask yourself: If I could only do three of those tasks today, which are the most important ones to accomplish? These are the three tasks are your high-value, high-priority tasks which deserve your time and effort.

Before you leave the office on Friday, prep your work so you can jump in on Monday without missing a beat. Create a Monday-specific task list, locate and mark your necessary files, tag emails that require attention.