There are many things in our lives that cost us time because of being distracted. Family,friends or work itself can get you off track of a task at work or at home. How many times have you walked into the kitchen or a room and have no idea why you walked in there…..frustrating isn’t it? Yeah it happens to me almost every day. So when you’re at work how can you keep your mind together to ensure you can be as productive as possible when juggling multiple things in your mind? If your like most Americans doing multiple tasks at the same time is a requirement and of one of your important balls will drop….either family, work or important relationships. What are some tips to that enable the most successful people in the world to juggle so much? Here are my top 3 tips for myself but also a few articles that you might find helpful. Now get back to work!!!!!
1. Calenderize your day. If you’re not doing this and following this it could be a major hindrance to success. If you’re not someone who “works” in an office but you have another job, like taking care of your children this is also a great way to keep kids in tune and learning about tasks, schedules and the important of being on time. Using iCalendar, Google Calendar and Outlook are great ways to create reminders from a mobile device. Start by calenderizing 3 days in the future.
2. Make a list of Priorities on a Sunday Night. How many times have you gotten to the end of the week and remembered you had something really important to do that never got done? We all have fires start unexpectedly each week but making sure we don’t lose focus on other priorities can allow you to understand when problems or tasks need to take a back seat to calenderized priority . Make a list of 10 to 20 priorities on a Sunday evening and label them from 1-10 or 1-20 in order of importance. You might not get them all done during the week but it gives you goals to achieve and keeps your life in line with what really needs to get done.
3. Give yourself 1 hour Tasks. Smaller tasks completed give you steam to tackle a larger one as a whole. Nobody chops a tree down in one swing but over time and work the tree will fall if you take small chops. Same thing in dealing with larger tasks. Allow yourself one hour intervals of focus on one task. When you get to the end of an hour jump to your next calenderized appointment. (see helpful hint #1). We are humans and unfortunately these little mental boogers in our mind are difficult to get out when starting a big task or assignment. Once slowly alleviated over time you’ll find out how many different things you can do at once and you’ll find by the end of the day a nice emotional reward called achievement will be waiting.