The following is a blog post from www.jeffhilimire.com Jeff is CEO of DragonArmy, the ultimate entrepreneur and one of the most genuine and compelling leaders and presenters I have worked with. I thought his post on productivity was interesting and wanted to share it with everyone.
Here is Jeff's post...
This is a blindpost from another article but for some reason I can’t remember where the article came from…
Delete these 4 things from your routine to be more productive
#1 – Stop checking email all the time. Email is the
silent productivity killer. You can spend hours inside of email and even
come out of it thinking you got a lot done, but that’s usually not the
case. Email is like this ever-flowing distraction faucet that never
seems to stop. What I’ve started doing is blocking out time on my
calendar for checking and responding to email. I try hard not to check
email other than those pre-selected times.
#2 – Observe the 80/20 rule. Most likely, 20% of
your effort will get 80% of the results. Look at your calendar and think
about the things that you’re doing that are moving the needle the most.
Try to do more of those things and less of the things that are not
driving much value. I’ve started color coding my calendar based on the
different activities I do during the week. That’s helped me see where my
time is being spent and how I can be more productive.
#3 – Don’t keep a to-do list. This probably sounds
counter-intuitive. However, I have become a believer that a to-do list
is like that closet in your house where you keep sticking junk that you
want to use later, but never do. Most people I know have a hard time
really knocking their to-do list down effectively and instead it just
continues to grow and adds stress as it does.
Here is my new to-do system that so far has made me much more productive.
#4 – Stop trying to multitask. There’s really no
such thing as multitasking. If you’re watching a show AND working on a
presentation, your mind can’t effectively be doing a good job with
either. Or if you’re someone that checks their phone a lot while talking
to someone in person – please tell me that you’re not one of those
people – then how can you really be focusing on the person you’re
talking to? You can’t. Focus on what you’re doing and compartmentalize
your activities more. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can
juggle multiple things at once and still be productive.
What did I miss? Are there things you do that help you be more productive?
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