Use springboards in productivity to get started and motivated for any task, project or goal at work or home. Springboards allow you to be ready to begin, they propel you forward toward what matters most. Get tips, examples and more on how to create your own springboards today.

Springboards: The Key to Getting Started With Your Projects & Goals

One of the things I hear most often is that when setting goals, many people don’t know where to start or how to begin. It can feel overwhelming or confusing. This is can be with any bigger project, like remodeling a room in your home, or working toward a promotion at work.

The main reason people don’t start working toward a goal is because they’re worried about how they should start. That’s why I’ve dedicated an entire episode of my podcast to getting started using SPRINGBOARDS.

A springboard is a small action or a tool that pushes you forward into completing a task.

And there are various things that will work as springboards… some of which I’ve mentioned before in past episodes or blog posts. I’ll go over my favorite ones below so you can see which springboards you should add to your systems and processes so that you can actually get started. Even better, these tips will allow you to get work done in the most effective ways!


Springboards for every task:

  • Batch Tasks for work: group one big task into subtasks that will make your process much more effective
  • Use equipment or tools that will act as a springboard. For example, for business at home, instead of printing out labels and then taping them on each package, we invested in a label printer to streamline our shipping.
  • Meal prep by grouping tasks such as grocery shopping or chopping vegetables on particular days for the week. Try grouping ingredients together in the pantry based on what meal they will be for.
  • Delegate bits of your tasks or processes to others – employees, children, spouses, friends, etc. This will give you momentum to get started on what you need to do.
  • Automate your springboards. For example, if you want to exercise more, but your home gym or workout area is always messy, plan to clean that room every Monday (or whichever day that works best for you) so that you’re motivated to get in your workout.
  • I have even more examples, strategies and details for you! Listen to episode 036 of Productivity Paradox today.


What’s Next?

You might have more than one system in more areas that need springboards, but let’s start with just one. Focus on one because I want you to have the freedom to play around with it first and really make your system your own before you try doing too much with all of your systems. We don’t want to overwhelm ourselves by doing too much at once.

I want to know – what system will you begin with? How will you make the process of it easier for yourself so that you’ll want to get started and consistently work on it?

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  • Taska Sanford

    Hi Tonya,
    I just got my first planner (since 2008 Franklin Planner) from you this year and I love it. I am also super motivated by your podcasts and blog articles esp. on goals. I have 2 questions.
    1. Is there somewhere you discuss differentiating “projects” from “goals”?
    2. Is there a single place as a subscriber to the podcasts to find all of your helpful downloads. I find them at the bottom of the podcast notes but I get confused on what I have downloaded and what I have missed.

    January 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm

  • inkWELL Press

    Hello Taska! I’m so glad to hear that you love your new IWP liveWELL and that the podcasts motivate you!
    While I don’t explicitly state the difference between projects and goals in the podcast, I think we can think about them and work on them in similar ways. Both projects and goals can be broken down into bite sized pieces, making it easier for you to accomplish smaller tasks and build momentum to move forward on either. In episode 051 of the podcast, I talk about finding motivation for your ‘passion project’ which in this case is a personal goal (such as starting a blog, building your business, creating healthy routines, etc.). As for downloads, if you subscribe to the podcast, I will always send you the newest downloads on the day they are released. From there, you could save those downloads in a folder titled with the episode they go with! You can also get other goal setting and organizational downloads at As for now, there’s not a download library of all of them, but that is something I will definitely keep in mind! If you do need a specific download, feel free to email our customer happiness team at and they will be sure to help you out!

    February 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton