Yesterday I spoke about not getting things I want to achieve done. Since then I’ve been thinking about this and have written down the steps I’ve taken during periods when I have been very productive. These are not my original ideas, but those I’ve found from reading books & listening to the advice of successful people.
I guess most of us know what works, or would work for us if we put it into practice, but the knowing and the doing are not the same, are they? When we lead busy lives, it is easy to get caught up in just doing what comes up and we feel we don’t have time to sit down and plan anything. This is a reminder that if we plan, we achieve more.
Plan and take action
- Make a list then mark the items in order of importance
- Focus on one thing at a time.
- Start with the most important/urgent thing on your list, complete it and cross it off
- Continue working down the list, completing & crossing off – feels good, doesn’t it?
- At the end of the day, put any unfinished items onto a new list along with tasks for the next day.
Take a look at your to-do list and consider what you can eliminate or pass on to someone else.
Learn to say no to nonessential tasks. If you have work plans in place, youâ€™ll be more easily able to say â€œIâ€™m sorry, but I canâ€™t fit that in today â€¦ this weekâ€¦.â€
If you find yourself eagerly ‘administrating’ instead of ‘just getting on with it’, you’re probably procrastinating. Try some of these ways to stop â€œputting it offâ€.
- Begin with a task you enjoy.
- Avoid being a perfectionist.
- Eliminate time wasting activities e.g. Housework (my favourite!)
- Plan your time and stick to the plan where you can.
- Break difficult or ‘boring’ work into sections. This allows you to approach a large task as a series of manageable parts.
Have a productive day!