Are you focused on the M.I.T.’s?
What can you do RIGHT NOW to work on your Most Important Things?
Multitasking slows you down. Concentrate on your current work by using these Focus Tips to finish tasks completely with less time, energy and effort.
Keep a sheet of paper near you to write down thoughts that don’t have anything to do with what you’re working on right now. This enables you to capture information and ideas with minimal interruption of your current train of thought.
Experiment with NOT multitasking. Turn off everything else but what you are currently working on. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and only do that one thing during that time.
How Do You Prioritize Your Most Important Things?
Every day presents itself with an ever-growing list of important things. When these vital tasks are swimming around in your head, how do you prioritize which ones are the most important and make sure they are accomplished? These are the things that need your focus, time, energy and attention, and they need them now.
I’m going to give you a great experiment that you can try for the next 4 or 5 days. This process will assist you in learning how to sift through your to-do’s and prioritize your top tasks. As you get to the end of today, write down the two or three must get-to’s for tomorrow. Here is a video you can watch about this! These are the tasks that cannot wait and must have your attention immediately. Do this process every day as you wrap up your work for the day. As I coach senior leaders around the world, this is one of the activities that I encourage them to use over and over again. So, to repeat the exercise, as you close your business day today, what are the two or three areas that you know for sure will have to be addressed the next day?
A great method to make this a regular exercise in your daily life is to set up what I call a daily dashboard.
- This might be a simple piece of paper, an electronic note taker or scheduler on your digital device like your Blackberry or iPad.
- Your daily dash board is where you write down or type in the results of the above exercise.
- When you get your dashboard set up and you are using it daily, then it lets you know where you need to be, what you have committed to, and what has to have your energy and focus first.
- Keep this dashboard with you throughout the day as your guide to keep you accountable to your top priorities.
Why Do This?
There is something important in actually committing your top priorities to paper or to a formal list in your digital media. It cements it in your daily psyche in a way that simply thinking about it doesn’t do.
So take a few minutes and think about 24 hours from now. What are the two or three areas that will absolutely need your time, your focus, your energy and your attention? Write those down in your daily dashboard, and look at them throughout the day tomorrow. You will be amazed at how much more productive you are.