Simple Things To Increase Your Efficiency And Energy
Here is a short list of 'tricks' which are part of my daily routine and have shown to be very helpful. Do not hesitate to comment and share your own 'tricks' in comments.
Focus on one thing
Identify your main goal, then the most impactful task to reach it. Start your day by developing it. This is your priority.
Replace your to-do list
Schedule your priorities and tasks in you agenda, and put away your to-do list. Studies show that only 41% of tasks on lists get done. The undone items lead to stress. Uncompleted tasks will remain in your mind (Zeigarnik effect).
Focus on minutes
You know you have 1 440 minutes a day. You cannot afford to loose time; you cannot reclaim time spent. So, stop using hour or half-hour blocks.
How many times have you attended a meeting with the wrong people in it? How many times did you get bored after a while, have you thought the meeting could have been much shorter? How many times did you think people where not fully aware of, or comfortable with the main topic?
Meetings are time killers! We should be able to get out of meetings whenever we can and hold fewer of them. If you have to run a meeting, keep it short and to the point.
Start saying "No"
Don't loose your time on things you regret having said 'yes' to. Don’t give away your time.
Warren Buffet said: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”
Process e-mails wisely
Stop “checking” your e-mail all daylong. Turn off your phone vibration and notifications; don't allow being distracted by them.
Schedule time to process your messages once to three times a day. You will see you are much more efficient.
Don’t skip meals, sleep, or breaks in the pursuit of more. Consider food as fuel, sleep as recovery, and breaks as
opportunities to recharge.
For many people, it is not so easy to stick to these 'rules'.
Start with one or two. When you feel comfortable amend one more. And one more, etc.
After a while, you will notice you feel less frustrated by the end of the day and your energy is higher.
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