Have you wanted to be more focused? Do you struggle with being productive even though your busy all day? If you want to reach your goals, you need to write them down and create the actions to achieve them.
Here are a few techniques that you can incorporate to help you focus and be more productive every day.
Do a daily review
Take five to ten minutes at the start of your day to look over your to-do list and sort things by importance. An editorial calendar might help you stay on track with social media and your blog.
Identify your MITs
Your most important tasks or MITs get top billing on your schedule. If you look at your plan and everything seems like a MIT, you need to work on sorting by deadlines and importance. We all love to get things done, but every single task isn’t a MIT.
Meaning do the hardest, most challenging tasks first when your brain is fresh and everything the rest of the day will seem easier.
Stick to the two-minute rule
If you find a quick task that takes less than two minutes, do it now. Don’t want to overload your list with small things and overwhelm yourself.
Add it to your list and check it off when you’re done. That’s a great feeling and will help keep you motivated to keep going.
End your day with a list
Take a few minutes at the end of the day to update your list for the next day. This will help you release some of your work anxiety knowing that you’ll get to them tomorrow.
If you don’t write things down, chances are they won’t get completed. Or you’ll forget them. You’ll be more efficient and effective with a list of tasks that will lead to achieving your goals.
Stop the glorification of busy
“Omigod, I’m so busy!” We hear this and say this over and over again daily. We need to stop glorifying overworking ourselves and our busy-ness.
Our two primary metrics for success are money and power, and they drive us to work more extended hours, sleep with our phones and tablets, miss important moments with our families and impacts our health.
We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.
There’s no prize for working the most hours per week or making the most money. At the end of our lives, we’re all about the same amount of dust, so the question is how much joy you’ve brought into people’s lives and how much have you made the world a better place.
Avoid burnout. Burnout, stress, and depression are worldwide problems. Working harder doesn’t necessarily mean better results — in fact, it can have the exact opposite effect.
Nurture your well-being. Make time to take care of yourself regarding exercise, meditation, music, art and family life — this isn’t selfishness, it’s good sense.
I hope these ideas help you create a better to-do list, become more focused, and get more done. So you can take time for your family and add value to your life outside of your job.
“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.”
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