If you are anything like me your life can be described in one word: ACTIVE
I have ALOT going on.
Often I look at my list of things I NEED to do (NOTE: this does not even include the list of things i WANT to do) and I feel a little like this girl to my left.
Its alot to manage most days.
So, here the 3 things I do (when I listen to my own advice) to help me divide and conquer and actually be productive.
Step 1. Take Care of Yourself.
I do truly believe the first step in helping others & being productive is to make sure you are first looking out for YOU. For me, this includes exercise, a good night’s sleep and trying to eat right while on the road. If i’m tired, cranky (from lack of exercise) or start eating poorly everything suffers. Work, Family, Friends. Everything.
Step 2: Make a list
Most of the time my “lists” are random pieces of paper or sticky notes all over my desk. Sometime, i use the notes feature on my iphone. But, what i always do is try to write it down. The key is to do it WHEN you 1st think about it. Don’t wait. Write it down.
Step 3: Prioritize
This is the hardest task. You can’t do everything you need/want to do so prioritize what’s most important.
In business, i ask myself “What are the tasks on this list that will be most effective in me reaching my company’s goals?”
And then i divide and conquer. If i’m on a plane I’ll do some of the big project tasks as it’s normal quiet and i can think without interruption. If i just have a quick 30 minutes between meetings or in the car, i try to just knock things off the list. Return calls, answer the easy response emails, etc.
So, there you have it. In fact, i’m currently crossing “blog about how to get #$%*& done” off my list right now.
This is what works best for me. What about you?