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When you generate lots of new ideas as you’re making progress, you tend to gradually expand your project’s objectives.
The risk: it will make it nearly impossible to ever truly complete anything. Always keep in mind your core objectives when deciding what to work on.
For example, perhaps you can complete a particular task in 30 minutes, and it would take three hours to implement a more efficient method. If that 30-minute task must be completed daily, and a three-hour fix would cut it down to 10 minutes or less each time, it’s a fix well worth investing in.
The more reoccurring tasks you automate and delegate today, the more productive you can be going forward with less effort.
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People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.
Interruptions can be frustrating. But, the point here is that not all of them are worthy of addressing.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do when faced with an interruption is nothing at all,...
Whether you’re speaking up in a team meeting or you’re conducting a presentation, it’s important to be clear that you'll need to get all of your ideas out there before opening the floor to questions and contributions.
This sets the tone right from the get-go that you’re aiming to share your ideas free of interruptions. This also makes it easy to halt an interrupter in his tracks.
Sometimes you can only fight fire with fire.
Refuse to pause for interruptions, and instead continue moving forward with your ideas. If needed, you can even pause for a second to address the interrupter and say, “one moment,” and then finish off your thought.
Switching between tasks can have damaging costs to our work and productivity.
Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.
“Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends.”