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Many people feel unable to find time in the day to do their most important work. Research reveals that on average, in an 8-hour day, employees are only productive for 3 hours.
If you are spending your time, energy, and attention on tasks that don't support your overall goal or priorities, it's time to re-evaluate.
Look at what is left on your drains and incompletions list. Consider if they are all items you do have control over.
Addressing drains and incompletions can feel overwhelming at first, especially if you already feel tired.
Take action to see results. A short-term investment in completing this task will give you a long-term reward that will dramatically improve your workflow and energy.
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Find out what's truly important to us and use the finite resource of time wisely.
Phantom workload looks like real work but results in massive unproductivity and even conflict in an organization. The pressure to meet unrealistic expectations causes a vicious cycle of further workload.
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Treat the meeting with yourself as it was a meeting with a third party. It’s only you who can act on your most important tasks with priority.
Make sure that you set up boundaries for yourself and for other people. Remember to communicate with them clearly.
Such a boundary can be that you leave your office at a certain time each day because your family is your priority. It doesn’t mean, of course, that you can’t work later in periods of high workload.
Ringing phones, text messages, reminders, pop-ups, social media, email.
There’re countless studies demonstrating that multitasking will hinder your work both in terms of quality and quantity.
Resist the temptation to get in the loop and do one thing at a time.
Sallie Krawcheck, founder and CEO of Ellevest (a goal-based investing platform for women):
"I have spent a lot of time figuring out how I work b...
Bedros Keuilian, founder and CEO of Fit Body Boot Camp (group fitness training brand):
"Only 5% of the things I do are tasks that actually move the money needle, and those were the critical things that I needed to focus on 100% of the time. Everything else can be delegated to team members or subcontractors who have the skill sets and abilities to perform the job. This has been a game-changer for my business as we continue to have massive growth year after year."
Dustin Moskovitz, CEO of Asana (productivity and project management platform):"We practice “No Meeting Wednesdays” to ensure that everyone at the company gets a large block of time to focus on heads-down work without having to fit it in between meetings. This may be our most valuable cultural practice, and I encourage every company to consider adopting it. Additionally, we reflect frequently on whether our group activities are getting enough ROI to justify the interrupt and time expenditure. "