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Too Much on your To-Do List

Too Much on your To-Do List

You might be falling into the trap of making yourself think you’re making progress when you might not really be.

Consider whether something you’ve put on your list is a small task that can be done almost as quickly as you write it down. If a task is only going to take you 5 to 10 minutes, such as sending a thank you note or paying a bill, just get it done. 

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Many of us fall into the trap of thinking that if we’re busy doing something, we’re being productive. 

But “doing” is sometimes just a form of procrastinating.

The constant bling and buzz of our phone, email and texts can make it almost impossible to concentrate on what we’re working on.

If you are in the midst of a project, turn off your notifiers so you can concentrate and finish what you’re working on and then tend to other matters.

We can legitimately expect that there will be an unforeseen glitch in most projects.

By building in time at the end of each day or even during lunch for new tasks, we are able to finish things that come up, without sacrificing the productivity of completing our to-do list.

For many people, their top time thief is social media or aimlessly wandering the World Wide Web. For other, it is spending hours organizing their office.

It’s not the task itself that’s the issue, it’s whether or not it is the right thing for YOU to be doing.

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Those that do multitask the most are the worst at it.

Productivity is defined as, “having the power to produce.” By that definition, multitasking is the opposite of productivity because you are more prone to distractions and have less power to produce what you need to produce.

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Failing to Keep a To-Do List

The trick with using To-Do Lists effectively lies in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities). 

Make sure that you break large tasks or projects down into specific, actionable steps – then you won...

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Tips to be more productive at work

  1. Do Your Heavy Lifting When You're at Your Best. ...
  2. Stop Multitasking. ...
  3. Prepare a To-Do List Each Night. ...
  4. Cut Down Your To-Do List. ...
  5. Delegate Properly. ...
  6. Eliminate Distractions. ...
  7. Plan Phone Calls. ...
  8. Break up Work Periods...

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