Everyone always tells us to work smarter not harder. They tell us we need to use our time wisely, organize our day, create to-do lists, and tackle one thing at a time. There’s so much advice out there about what we can do increase productivity. But what about the things we shouldn’t do? What are the things we do every day that are sapping our time and making us less productive?
Whether you’re a team leader, an entrepreneur, or in some similar position of authority, delegation is going to be a major part of maximizing your productivity and keeping yourself sane during tight deadlines or large workloads. The problem is, many people don’t know how to delegate effectively, or aren’t willing to do it unless they absolutely have to. Delegating tasks is a skill that, like any skill, can be learned and improved on over time.
Do you suffer from the dreaded disease, “puttingthingsofftilthelastminuteitus?” Do you have trouble getting started when it comes to overwhelming tasks? Many people do. In fact, only one in ten Americans achieve everything they set out to do each day. Sometimes it just takes one ‘iceberg’ task to sink all of your good intentions. You put it off until after lunch, then move it to the end of the day, and finally… first thing to tomorrow. Eventually, your ‘to do’ list becomes more like a novel. Your stress rises. Stress and procrastination affect your mental and physical health. And things go downhill from there.
We all want to believe that we’re a superhero. We fill our schedules and day planners with endless to-do lists designed to make us happy, healthy, and productive. But, every now and then we all hit a wall where we’re just not feeling inspired to do much of anything (other than spending a few hours video surfing YouTube or scrolling through our social media feeds). When that feeling hits, resisting the temptation to procrastinate can seem like a superhuman achievement. That’s when our super-power, personal motivation, takes over.
No matter how tempting it might be to ease into the day at your own pace, productivity experts say that those first 10 minutes are crucial for setting us up for a successful day. The productivity mistakes we make in the first 10 minutes of the day can actually ruin the entire day. It’s not just the morning blues. In fact, getting a head start on our work, but doing it in the wrong way, can have a negative an impact on our productivity.
We’ve all read blogs or books that tell us how important time management is.
But most books can’t even simplify the message to fit on one page. Well, below I have done just that…