I don’t always find these kind of posts terribly helpful but…I thought this one was good. It is by Mary Cantando of the Woman’s Advantage. I am trying to gear up for the fall season during the dog days of August and I found this to inspiring. I am great at making lists, there is no shortage of work that needs to get done, there just does not always seem to be enough hours in the day to do it all! So, I need to work smarter and more efficiently! Just maybe you feel this way too. Enjoy!
Five Ways to be More Productive
The most productive people don’t focus on doing more things, but on doing the right things. In fact, if you’re truly productive, you’ll actually do fewer things but end up with greater results.
1. Start with a shorter to do list.
Rather than creating an endless list of tasks, focus on the one, two or three (max) things you need to accomplish each day. One of my favorite quotes is: “Focus on moving three things a mile rather than 100 things an inch”.
2. Make the 80/20 rule work for you.
It’s a proven fact that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. Determine which of your tasks drive the results you want and focus your time and energy on them.
3. Be selfish every day.
Decide which self activities are important to you (mediation, working out, writing in a journal) and start your day by focusing on yourself.
4. Get the hard stuff out of the way.
Schedule your challenging and creative tasks for early in the day when you are at optimum level. Save your routine work for later in the day.
5. Give it a break!
Studies show that you can only function at a high level for an hour or less at a stretch. At that point you need a break before going back to work at top level. Figure out what works for you and DO IT!!
I am trying to apply all of these suggestions to my week. Number 3, really hit home for me. I used to be religious about working out and taking time for myself and then I slowly got out of the habit and I let other people’s schedules take precedence over mine. I am slowly recapturing my time and it feels really, really good. Just a little time for me, every day.
How about you? What makes you really productive?