When it’s time to get things done, how do you manage time?
When it comes to super-sizing your productivity, there’s a distinct difference between “multi-tasking” and holding a focus-to-finish mindset. I’ve seen it on the trading floor, in the classroom, even on an airplane; when you focus on something until it’s done, it can be easier to get more things done!
What does it take?
In a day, we generally will think of – and receive – more to do than we can do that day. Take a look around as you read this: emails to read, voice mail to listen to, magazines to read, print-outs to review, meetings to plan for, there’s a LOT out there! So, when it comes time to be your best, here are THREE things you can do:
1. Think Better
I know there are more and less effective ways to think. For example, when I’m typing the draft of an article, I like to have a piece of note paper off to the right side of my desk. That’s where I write down any (unconnected to what I’m doing) ideas I need to think about later. When I’m writing a thank you card, I like to have empty space on my desk. When I’m having a meeting with a client, I like to have access to a white board to I can draw out the ideas we’re discussing.
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