For the past few weeks, I have been working on a few projects—one of which is my Podcast series that’s launching soon—but I’ve been finding myself needing more hours in the day to get things done. It really bothered me when important things were left undone at the end of the day or week.
To help with this, I began implementing some strategies I learned from the book Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy—it’s been working great so far, enabling me to prioritize my tasks, which results in a very productive week.
Using a weekly planner to plan my month, week and days, simplifies my life and makes it much easier to schedule things and get the most out of my time. Side note: I once sarcastically joked about having to “check my schedule” when someone wanted to hangout; now I literally have to “check my schedule”—I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but heck, it makes my life easier!
In this planner, I write the key things I want to achieve every month, and then schedule them into the weeks. I then break down each week and write a to-do list every day.
Every day I apply these 3 key strategies from Tracy’s book:
1. Do the biggest, hardest, most important task FIRST then the rest of the day will be much easier since the worst thing had already been done. Avoid the temptation to start on the easy tasks first. Instead, think of the activities that are most deserving of your precious time. Tackle the tasks that will have the most impact on your goals. Makes sense doesn’t it?
2. Use the ABCDE Method to prioritize tasks on your list. Simply, place one of those letters in the margin before each of the tasks on your list before you begin. “A” being something very important that you must do, scaling all the way to “E” which is the least necessary task and can be eliminated, to free up your time.
This method allows you to easily sort out what is important and unimportant, so you can focus your time and attention on those items on your list that are most essential to do.
3. Implement laser focus and give 100% to a single task, completing it from start to finish. Tracy says it’s the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity. Avoid multi-tasking as it will waste more time since you’ll need to refocus your energy and attention several times as you switch from one activity to another.
What are your tactics to get important things done? Comment below and share your thoughts.
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