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If personal or business success* is important to you, then you must be concerned with  productivity

* You define "success"

 Are you productive? 

Productivity is the most misunderstood requirement for success of a business or personal goal.

Test yourself against the IDEAL Checklist

IDEAL is an acronym for five steps that create the most natural process for success.


Can you explain your goal in terms that combine the "What" and "How" aspects of goal-setting?

Your actions are not arbitrary; you act with a purpose, based on what you know.  The question is: do you know how to be productive according to the requirements of what you're trying to improve, achieve, or become? 

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How will you approach being productive in order to sustain on-track progress toward your goal?

You're not aimless; you direct yourself along a course toward what you want. 



Productivity is not about activity; it's about results. Is your knowledge and are your skill sufficient for your productivity requirements? How do you know?

You're not idle. Everyday, you engage life— opportunities and challenges—to realize something that you've intended. 

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Can you validate your plan and actions with verifiable data? Do you know that your are on-track toward your goal, or know where change in your efforts to be on-track is required?

You're not unaware; you assess—your efforts, outcomes, situations, others, and yourself—daily. 

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As necessary, will you know where and how to make changes in order to sustain being productive?

You're not complacent; you learn, and apply what you learn in order to improve and advance toward your potential - your goal. 

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IDEAL Article by Steven Robert Young

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Optimize Productivity

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4 Ps Article by Steven Robert Young

“If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you are doing.
—Dr. William Edwards Deming

Here's the problem: wherever there is weakness in any area of your IDEAL—what you intend, your course, your efforts, how you evaluate, or your ability to progress—you will face challenges; your goal may be in jeopardy of failing.


If your goals matter, take steps to ensure their success. Learn a new and more useful way to safeguard your productivity.  Watch the FREE Power webinar (delivers just the information you want), or dive deep into greater productivity with an online course. 

Ready to support the success of your personal or business goal?  Take the next step toward (greater) success!

Steven Robert Young, Creator of IDEAL
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