Have you ever woken up feeling like you’re going to conquer the world? You write a whole list of everything you are going to do that day and think ‘man, I’m going to be so productive today’ but somehow manage to get nothing done? I certainly have.
I’m the type of person who wants to do EVERYTHING. And it usually leads to me do NOTHING (or close to it). So what do you do to be more productive?
The first thing is to organize and prioritize. Get out a pen and a piece of paper and write down all the big, long term things you need to get done. My list involved passing my nutrition exam, getting a new logo, and making new programs to name a few. Then number your list in order of importance; what needs to get done first? By prioritizing your list it makes it a lot easier to tackle. Then put the list somewhere you can see it often. For me that’s a giant white board next to my desk.
I divided the board down the middle and wrote my list in order on the right side of the board. The left side is my ‘today’ section. Each morning I pick one or two things that I absolutely need to get done. For instance if the top item on my big list is to pass my nutrition exam then one of my tasks for the day might be to study for 30 minutes. The most important thing is to only pick one or two tasks and to make them doable. If you think you can do an hour assign yourself half an hour. This way you’ll pretty much guarantee your success and if you end up doing an hour you’ll feel even more accomplished.
This works whether you are trying to grow your business, finish school, or be more organized with your kids’ activities. While only doing one or two things may seem as though it will take you forever to get everything done, in the long run you end up accomplishing more. We are not built to multi task and trying to get twenty things done at once almost never works. When you focus on one thing at a time you are able to work more efficiently and end up getting more done. Once you finish your one or two tasks you can always add another. Keep it simple, you’ll be surprised how much you actually accomplish!