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Why big changes happen when you focus on small improvements

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Why big changes happen when you focus on small improvements
As a support trainer, I've learned that getting more done depends on thinking small. Find one small thing you can do better, focus on doing that for a week, then repeat that process.

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Focus on the small improvements

Focus on the small improvements

Doing more in less time is not the ultimate solution to productivity. It's the path to burnout.

Productivity rests more on small improvements. By focusing on the small things, the big things will take care of themselves.

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Identify the small improvements you could make

Most people perform a combination of varied small tasks in a day. There may be many small improvements you could make to your workflow or environment to get more done.

Step one is finding out what those things are. Involve your peers or your manager if you need help with this.

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Work on one improvement at a time

Every week, choose one thing from your list and focus on it.

  • Think of ways to improve this one thing.
  • Experiment, and see what works.
  • Talk about this one thing with your manager and ask for feedback.

The goal is to find ways to improve that small part of your work.

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Communicate your improvements

Communicate how the small changes helped you to improve. After a week focusing on this one thing, our natural tendency is to want to share how we did toward our output.

Be sure to talk about the small thing you focused on. It will help reinforce that focusing on the little things consistently over time will produce big results.

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Small things add up

Large, abstract goals are intimidating. This is why focusing on smaller areas for improvement can put us in control over our own development.

Instead of an abstract goal like "becoming a better manager", you could use an actionable step like, " I want to devote one hour a week to preparing more for my 1:1s with my team."

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  2. When you single-task you accomplish more in less time with less stress. Intentionally focusing on one task at a time has been proven the most efficient way to move through your to-do list.

Cut out distractions

  • Turn off notifications or at least turn on priority notifications.The time and mental focus lost in attention-switching even for a second adds up throughout the day.
  • Use two computers - one for doing work and productive things, the other to do unproductive work.
  • Only keep one tab open at time

    It’s a concrete way to make sure that you’re only working on what you intentionally decided to be working on.

  • Use several separate desktop spaces as an alternative to one tab. One for communication, the other for different projects planned for the day.

  • Work offline whenever possible.

  • Schedule your email time

    Handle any emails that will take 2-minutes or less. Add everything else to your to-do list to focus on later.

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