How to Use Productive Points

by Jason Clegg

I created Productive Points because I found all personal productivity systems lacking in one critical area — none of them ever motivated me to get things done. So I did what any good productivity fanatic does — I created my own system. And guess what? It worked!

So then I created this website to help spread the word and share my system with YOU. On this page, I describe the nuts-and-bolts of Productive Points in general. Throughout the website, I’ve added different posts and pages for more detailed info about Productive Points and my productivity philosophy.

So let’s start with a quick definition…

Productive Points is a simple personal productivity system that motivates you to earn points by completing tasks so you can earn personal rewards.

Most productivity systems only help you organize to do’s, projects, and other lists. Productive Points picks up where other systems leave off. It provides you real incentives to complete tasks, finish projects, and check-off your most important goals.

3 Steps to Greater Productivity with Productive Points

1. Assign points to your tasks and projects.
First, you create a list with each of your tasks, projects, and daily to do items. You then assign a point value to each item in your list. You can apply higher point values to more complicated tasks and projects, while giving fewer points to the easy stuff. For example, “Floss My Teeth” might earn you 5-25 points, but “Finish High Priority Project X” could have a point value of 500-1000 points or more.

This approach allows you to prioritize your list quickly — helping you put more of your attention on your most important projects and tasks. You’ll begin to find yourself more attracted to high-priority, high point-value items to help you earn your personal rewards faster!

2. Earn points by completing items.
With your list in place, you can now track your progress by checking off items as you complete them. Completing on-going, daily tasks can help you earn small points every day. Examples might include flossing, going to the gym, paying bills, etc. Finishing larger tasks and projects can help you earn more points to reach your rewards faster.

For best results, try to review and update your list several times each day. This way, you can plan your day for maximum point earnings!

3. Reward yourself with custom rewards that motivate you.
Finally, create a separate list of your personalized rewards. Create several different rewards with small, medium, and large point values. Some examples might include “Get a Massage – 500 points” and “Take a Weekend Trip – 5,000 points” or even “One Hour of TV – 200 points.”

Smaller rewards can keep you motivated in the short-term, while larger rewards can help you plan for maximum productivity over the next weeks, months, or the full year.

The secret is to find whatever motivates you! I recommend using the classic “delayed gratification” strategy by choosing fun activities that you normally indulge in. Then, only allow yourself to enjoy these rewards after you’ve completed important tasks and achieved the necessary points.

Change Your Habits with Productive Points

Routinely using the Productive Points system day-after-day will lead to an improved sense of accomplishment in your personal and work life. If you motivate yourself with points and rewards, you’ll find it much easier to complete tasks again and again.

But the greatest side-effect of Productive Points is not just earning fun personal rewards — it’s changing your daily habits by reinforcing high performance behavior!

Of course, earning rewards requires staying on top of your list, tallying your points, and maintaining your commitment to “delayed gratification.”

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