Here, Mark Tubb, Business Mentor and Co-Director at Princes Risborough Golf Club explains why.
DON’T PROCRASTINATE: DO!
If it needs doing – find the energy (it will be there) and get it done there and then.
FOCUS ON MINUTES, NOT HOURS AND DAYS.
There is nothing more valuable than time. Try to break your day into minutes and focus on getting work done within minutes. Move on to a “next task” straight away. To be clear, I don’t mean rush your work. A three-hour job might still take you 180 minutes (but it might well be less – you will be amazed at how much more focused you can be when you think in minutes). Also many small but essential tasks can fill just a few minutes each. So many people say “there is no point in starting something new now” and give up with perhaps still 80 minutes of time to go before lunch or at the end of the day. Over five days with that attitude its 400 minutes gone. Over a 48-week year that’s 19,200 non-productive minutes.
FOCUS ON ONLY ONE THING AT A TIME.
Know what your next “Most Important Task” is and work on it without interruptions. Take a break if you need it when the task is done.
USE A TO DO LIST AT THE FRONT OF A DIARY AND A SMALL NOTEBOOK.
This might seem like a pain but it works. List everything on your main to do list then write in your diary when you will do each task. Keep this updated and accurate. Also keep a small notebook and pen with you at all times. Productive people free their minds by writing everything down as the thoughts come to them. Don’t wait or the thought will be gone but will trouble your mind and sleep. NB: You can do all this on your phone or tablet if you have some smart technology available.
ENERGY LEVELS ARE VITAL.
You can’t make more minutes in the day, but you can increase your energy to increase your attention, focus, and productivity. The right food is fuel, some laughter reduces stress, breaks allow you to recharge and think in order to get more done and good sleep clears the mind.
If you would like to attend a course on becoming more productive we will add you to our lists and try to schedule you into a Bucks Conferencing Training Session. Bucks Conferences are based at a lovely venue and can provide space for between 2 and 120 people to meet. If you just want to pop into the Café or bar area without booking, we have comfortable chairs for you to use while you sit and talk quietly over coffee.
Come up and see us. We are at HP27 9NX. Check out our website on www.bucksconferences.com.
Call us and ask for Mark or Nick on 01844 346989. We will be very pleased to work with you.