Tuesday, March 5, 2013

When Focus and Efficiency Are a Must!

If you have a big project that absolutely must get done or you simply want to work with more focus and efficiency, try these tips.

Each day will present you with the unexpected, no matter how much planning you do. However, if you have a plan in place, you are still more likely to get things done. Why? Plans can be changed or revised at will when needed. Use planning as a guide; you at least have a road map in front of you. When something unexpected shows up, just tweak your plan and keep going.

Using either a kitchen timer or your smart phone, time yourself to help stay focused on a task. There is something about knowing you are watching the time that will help you to stay on track and decrease the likelihood of distractions.

Consider keeping track of your actual schedule for a few days. If if you don’t do hourly billing, pretend that you do. Act as though you need to account for every minute of the day and write down both the tasks you have worked on and how much time it took. Notice what happens to your efficiency.

Review how well and how much you got done for the prior day. Notice what you did well and where you might need to improve.

Plan rewards into your day after you have accomplished what you set out to do. Whether it’s reading a few pages of a good book, or watching re-runs of “Leave it to Beaver,” plant small rewards into your schedule throughout the day. No matter how old you are, getting a treat for work well done, will encourage you to continue in the same manner.

For those of us who are people pleasers and want to say “yes” to everyone who asks, it can be very challenging to say “no.” Be clear, firm, and kind, but begin to say “no” when it becomes necessary. Practice does make it easier.

If you find yourself needing some help in working with more focus and more efficiently, contact me and request a GRATIS SESSION via phone or in person. Phone (800) 552-WRITE, that's (800) 552-9748 or write to me at susan@susanborkin.com to find out more.

Take good care, 


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