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What was your answer the last time someone asked you, “How have you been doing?” If you said, “Busy,” you’re certainly not alone. We hear it more often than not, and to be perfectly honest, we often feel the same way.
But here’s the deal:
There’s a tremendous difference
As the quote above suggests, being busy and productive without clarity about your priorities and a focus on what’s most important is useless. You could argue that it’s worse than useless; it’s potentially harmful and damaging.
So, how can you avoid the “productivity trap”? Here are a few ideas:
Make A “Not-To-Do” List
Write down all of the things you’re currently doing that aren’t worth the time and effort you’re spending on them. Delegate them, if possible.
Let Go Of The Rest
Focus on the essential items, and if something is not important and not urgent, get rid of it.
Once you know what you will and won’t do, prioritize your to do list. Some people do this weekly, but most people do it daily, mapping out their agenda for the next day the night before.
Do A Daily Recap
While you’re doing your nightly line-up for the following day, do a daily recap to see how you did. What went well? Where can you improve?
Clear The Clutter
Clutter on your desk, your office, your inbox, etc., can be very distracting. Make sure you set aside time weekly to tidy things up. This not only helps keep things clean, it also helps you from getting sidetracked with spontaneous house cleaning.
Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
Sometimes the most daunting step is the first one. But rather than paralysis by analysis, just take one step—in any direction.
Batch Similar Tasks Together
When you’re putting together your daily line-up card, batch similar tasks together whenever possible. Set aside dedicated time for emails, phone calls, projects, meetings, etc., rather than sporadically spacing them out. Every time you change tasks, there’s an opportunity cost; that’s right, I'm suggesting that you don’t multi-task.
Set A Timer
If you have trouble being disciplined with your time, use a timer. This is an incredibly useful tool for most people. It helps create a sense of urgency, it can alleviate feelings of being overwhelmed, and it creates a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.
Improve Your Communication
If you’re too wordy, you can be leaky valuable time and creating confusion. Keep things as simple as possible and focus on answering questions—not creating new ones.
When you combine productivity with focus, well … that’s where the magic happens.
Cheering you on! Stay safe and healthy! God bless!
To a better you!
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ABOUT THE BLOGGER
Hi, I'm Ralph Gregore Masalihit!
An RFP Graduate (Registered Financial Planner Institute - Philippines).
A Personal Finance Advocate. An I.T. by Profession. An Investor. Business Minded. An Introvert. A Photography Enthusiast. A Travel and Personal Finance Blogger (Lakbay Diwa and Kuripot Pinoy).
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