Ever feel like you've wasted an entire day and haven't done a single thing? You're not alone. Most people feel like the day goes by on a bounce in production, but it is easy to break this habit by setting priorities and staying on top of them.
The trick is to make a list of what you need to do and rank their priorities. If you can't do everything in one day, that's fine, but prioritizing the tasks that you have to do and doing the hardest, in the beginning, makes it more likely to complete those tasks. Here, Dr. MacPowell provides a step-by-step guide on how to do this.
Make a list
The first step towards organizing your life is to make a real list. On paper or your phone, it doesn't matter, but you do need to keep track of the things you need to do, how important they are, and when they should be completed. If there are bigger tasks, break them down into smaller administrative steps. It may be a little difficult to look at them initially, but breaking it down will change your outlook on it. This will make it easier to work and make it possible for you to do so.
As you perform your tasks, this is another good list to keep close to another list where you can write your thoughts. These are all small ideas that pop into your mind when you do things, like "Oh, I can't forget that we lose milk
!" That way, you can forget about it and go back to your job without worry, because you will forget about the milk.
Once you have written down what needs to be done, it is important to know what is important and what is not. Otherwise, you run the risk of taking care of the waste, while time-sensitive and most important things are forgotten.
Categorizing your things with their importance means that you will be convinced of what to do first. Either write your tasks in the order of importance with the top priority and lower priority tasks in the bottom, or in the pink or red, the middle priority in orange, and the yellow in combination with the color highlights. Highlighting light priority.
Do it hard
This is the hardest, but the most important factor in achieving productivity. We start the day with a lot more energy than the end, which is why you should do the hardest thing first. It's difficult and not fun. But, if you try it one week, you will be amazed at what it teaches you: that no task is too difficult, and that once the most difficult task is finished, the rest of the work is more Looks simple. Try!
Take a break
If you are losing self-interest or are worried about you, take a break. Moving forward can do more harm than good because you are less likely to do good, well, standard work and your productivity will decline.
Periods can help you feel refreshed, and you will be more motivated when you get back to work.
Cross the items in your list
It may be just a small thing, but crossing something is both satisfying and motivates you to do more.
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Multitasking looks like you will be working soon, but focusing on one thing at a time means that you will end up faster and you will do a better job.
Learn not to say no
Instead of fulfilling every assignment you are given, learn not to say unnecessary things. That way, you focus on what's important.
About Dr. Mac Powell:
Dr. MacPowell was president of three universities and actively participates in the strategic direction of higher education. He served as chairman of the American Council of Education Commission of Educational Aviation and Innovation and is a former Commissioner of the Senior Commission on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the WASC Assessment Leadership. An undergraduate at the Academy, Applied Master's Programs in Council Chair Psychology, and Chief Editor of the Journal of Performance Psychology.