Productivity is key in the work world. How much can you accomplish? Your work isn’t about how many hours a week you work, it is about the results that you achieve. You cannot fool yourself into thinking that if you ‘put in your time’, all will succeed for you. In the long run, you will only do well if you learn how to achieve results.
In the first 30 minutes at work in the morning, set your priorities for the day. Work follows the 80/20 rule. Twenty percent of the things that you do create eighty percent of the results. Focus on the tasks that will create the most results for you. Split your day into percentages. To achieve a great day, would you spend X% on email, X% on work assignments, X% on the phone, etc. What would your best workday consist of? Spend the first 30 minutes of your day planning the work day that you are about to begin.
I agree with Timothy Ferriss in his book, The Four Hour Work Week. Occasionally, it may make more sense to miss a meeting and have someone take notes for you than to attend. You may get more accomplished. Evaluate your day. Make decisions ahead of time. Determine the best use of your time for the day and then spend your time wisely. Don’t let your day decide for you. If you spent 30 minutes planning your day, you could be 4 hours more effective that day. If you don’t plan it, it will unfold in an inefficient and ‘unplanned’ way. Good luck.
by Bethany Williams