Need to get consistently good results from your workday? In fact, not only good results but feel more focused, productive and happy? Here’s a simple plan.
“I have to be spontaneous. Structure saps all of my creativity. Routine is boring.”
I hear this all the time from creative types, but the thinking is flawed. Established routines serve two important functions:
Routines allow you to do certain things without expending too much brain power . Doing specific things at certain times of the day, following processes, even adhering to checklists means you think less about
Have you ever successfully used a system to take notes, manage paper flow, handle email or keep your office looking decent and then one day you realize that not only are you not using the system anymore, your notes, papers, email or entire office are out of control.
What usually follows this realization is, “Argh! I can get organized why can’t I stay organized.” Or, “That system didn’t work for me. Need to try something else.”
Yeah. You’re not alone.
The overwhelming thing about To Do lists is that they never seem to go away entirely. You never get everything on them done, and you may even have more than one list going at a time. It can be very frustrating and unfulfilling.
How about sorting your to do lists differently?
Days are very busy and sometimes you feel like you just have to dive in and get stuff done. There are so many things screaming at you from your to do list that rather than taking time to plan it feels better to just start checking things off the list.
The problem with doing so is that
The fact that To Do lists are endless isn’t a news flash. Every day of every week of every year you have tasks to handle.
Both a positive as well as a negative is that there are lots of ways to keep track of To Do’s. Various electronic options
You enjoy dealing with email about as much as you enjoy death and taxes. But like death and taxes, email’s a certainty. The methods to receive email keep growing; desktops, laptops, smart phones, tablets, iPad. Additionally, most people have multiple emails addresses. So you can fight a losing battle or
Many times while working with a client I’ll see that s/he has one or more books on being more organized and productive or improving time management. Having a book on the subject indicates an interest in kicking things up a notch in terms of productivity or organization skills. But it doesn’t mean that book actually made a difference.
Too often at networking events it seems as though there is a secret contest for who can collect the most business cards. Which might not be THE biggest or dumbest mistake, but in my business I see what happens to those cards. While intentions may be good, when folks get back to the (busy) office the cards get tossed in an ever-growing pile on the desk — the black hole of undeveloped connections.
The following is provided by guest blogger, Fred E. Miller, Master Mind Mapper.
Has this ever happened to you?
You make a list of business things that have to get done.
You think hard about the importance of each task in the list and try to prioritize items when making the list.
Being productive at work is all about being efficient and effective, right?
Below are six common bad habits to avoid. Do so and see how much better your day goes.