Monday, January 9, 2012

Get More Done Each Day

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My dad, an executive for an insurance company taught me early on that writing things down crystallises our thinking, reminds us, and helps us to accomplish more in each day.  I think it was Napoleon Hill who used this technique and said, "Use this method.  You might not get ALL the tasks accomplished each day, but you will never discover another better method for getting them done either".

I received an eMail reminder of this easy method for accomplishing more each day, and I have reprinted it in it's entirety from Dan Robey.  Here it is:

Here's a question you may want to ask yourself regularly:

What am I doing with my 24 hours?

In other words, every day, what do you have to show for burning

through another 24 hours of your life?

If the answer is, 'next to nothing', or 'not nearly as much as I

would like', then I'm happy to tell you that you can change that
right now, and in a moment, in this email, I'm going to give you a
simple system for doing it.

If you're ready to put more life and more action into your day,

then get a pen and paper and write down this simple system.

It consists of 3 basic steps. Here they are:

1. Write down all the tasks you want to get done today

2. Assign a specific block of time for completing each task

   (like 30 minutes)

3. Select a task, start a timer, and focus on nothing else until

   that task is complete!

That's all there is to it.

Simple, yes! Incredibly effective, YES!

By itself, this system can put your productivity into high-gear -

IF you use it.


As a productivity and efficiency expert for Evan Carmichael, I have some variations and tips on this above, easy method:

Make sure you can accomplish the task.  Don't write down, "Climb Mt. Everest" ... Tasks are achievable daily accomplishments, not life goals.

Write down the tasks you want to accomplish in no particular order. Don't worry about HOW you will get them done, just write them down.   As you go about your day today, and as you think of things, just write them down, don't worry about prioritising them yet.

At the start of each day, review your list for that day. 

Assign a task number, 1.,  2., 3.,  etc. to them at the start of the day.

Accomplish the HARDEST task first, the rest of your day is downhill.


I hope these simple effective reminders make you more productive this week.  Remember, only about 5% of working adults actually write things down.  Move into the elite group, accomplish more.  Life is progress, not perfection.  Take what you learn, and pass it on.  Plant and Sow.

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  1. What wonderful advice I live by my calendar/alarms of tasks due to TBI makes life manageable I like the idea of getting the hardest done first and out of the way :)

  2. Great tips and reminders! thanks for sharing

    Beth @sitesthatwork