3 Easy Steps to Increase Productivity


Remove Busy Work

Having a to-do list is great, but we tend to load it with every random thought in our heads.  The result is a maze of activities we need to do and want to do.  Purge the busy work and the work that simply isn’t worth doing when compared to the rest of the work.

Often what sounded like a great idea yesterday, isn’t today.  But if you listed it on your to-do list and you feel obligated to get it done even if it takes time from something important.  Your to-do list should be important activities you need to accomplish.  Have a separate list for ideas and thoughts.

Plan Your Productivity

Plan to focus on one task at a time.  Multitasking is a myth.  You simply can’t do more than one thing at a time.  You can bounce quickly from one thing to another but is that really multitasking or doing a bad job at a lot of things?  When you plan when activities need to be done you focus and complete them.  This improves your quality of work and speed.

Prioritize Your Tasks

Do the important stuff first. Brian Tracy wrote a book called, “Eat that Frog!”  The idea was that the most important thing you had to do was also the most difficult.  Eating a frog isn’t fun.  If you had to eat a frog you would likely procrastinate and leave it for the end of the day when you find you’re out of time.  You will get to it tomorrow for sure, right?

Eating that frog is about doing the most important, most unfun thing right from the start.  That’s #1.  You don’t do #5 or #13 on your list.  You eat that frog.  It’s about prioritizing what’s important first.

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Shanna A. Jefferson, MSW, LCSW, LISW-CPS is a Life Coach, Psychotherapist, and Author.

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