I don’t know about you, but I love to spin 12 plates at the same time; to dart from subject to subject, trying to catch my breath. I more often than not have 64 tabs open on my laptop as I half write half an email, whilst sending a tweet, whilst listening to the radio and reading another email…..
It’s just me being effective, right?!
Granted, to get anything done in business, you need to be able to “split the brain” and be able to focus on many different issues at the same time. But when it comes to actually getting things done, you are far better off starting one thing, visualising the end goal, and seeing it through to completion.
If not, you run the risk of getting 600 things started in a day, completing none and going to bed that evening feeling just as overwhelmed as when you woke up that morning.
Training yourself to see things through to completion not only gives you a sense of satisfaction, it allows you to overcome that constant low level anxiety and critical voice in your head about your never ending to-do list.
To become more productive, you must become the master of your minutes.
Be Selective in What You Do.
Passion plays a huge part in the likelihood of things getting done, so make sure you are in a business you enjoy.
Make a Daily Plan.
Write down your overall daily goal, and pinpoint 4 things which HAVE to be done today. Make sure those are done at the end of the day no matter what.
Stop Being A Perfectionist.
Don’t waste time and energy obsessing over the wording of a particular email or the alignment of text and images. Certainly, there are times when this matters, but in 90% of our emails, it doesn’t.
Remember Your End Goal.
When you instinctively want to switch off your business brain and watch Oprah, remember your end goal – and how good it will feel to get there – and keep going!
Hold yourself accountable to what you said you were going to achieve today.
Track Your Progress.
As childish as it may sound, there is nothing more satisfying than ticking things off as “DONE” on a list! Write down or type up what needs to be done and start working your way through that list.
Commit To Your Word.
Hold yourself accountable to what you said you were going to achieve today. Completing those tasks means taking steps towards YOUR success. Don’t let yourself down.
Estimate Your Resources.
Make sure you have everything you need to complete the tasks you have set out to do, including snacks and water so you don’t risk being distracted by having to nip out to the shops.
“Failure Is An Event, Not A Person & Yesterday Ended Last Night”.
Remember, if you feel overwhelmed and have temporary “brain-freeze”, DO take a break. Get your runners on and go for a short walk. It will clear your head and give you a boost of much needed mind clearing oxygen. Today is the day you will get through that list.
About the Author
Kajsa Kinsella is Publisher & Editor-In-Chief of Self Starter Magazine. Self Starter Magazine highlights true life-stories of business experience by both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. Dispelling the fears and uncertainties of self-employment through providing practical and applicable information, personal guidance and encouragement on how best to enjoy the world of entrepreneurship.
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