Identify unproductive activities. Review your performance in your time tracking app to identify tasks that don’t contribute to the project’s success and that you can eliminate with little or no damage to the outcome.
Evaluate task importance. Even when you are in the middle of the task and you notice that it takes too much time already, step back and evaluate its importance and outcome.
Never lose sight of your vision. Reflect on how your daily tasks contribute to your goals. Adjust your vision if necessary.
Use peak performance time. Break your day into 3-8 time slots and assess your energy and productivity levels for a week. Rank-order the slots, find your peak time and use it for the most demanding tasks.
Get comfortable with imperfection. Remember that 20% of input produce 80% of results.
Practice self-care. Exercise regularly, develop a healthy diet, take breaks, meditate.
Stop and think about how many emails you write each day at work. According to a study conducted by Carleton University, professionals spend one-third of their time at work reading and answering emails. You might spend more than this, or less, but chances are, a significant portion of your day is spent writing something.
6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. An African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm." Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes.