If you're like me, you probably face a constant battle to get through your list of tasks.
Productivity is what separates the good from the great... It's an area you should dedicate some serious energy to improving because it's going to have the biggest impact of what you can achieve.
The key to productivity is to become self-aware.
You must understand your strengths and actively build on them... But more importantly you need to know where your game is weak, and what steps you should take to fix it.
My business coach taught me a super-simple little hack that has helped me to consistently get more done, without working any extra hours. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, until recently, I used one master to-do-list and would simply work through as many items as I could in any given day. As new jobs came in, I'd add them to the bottom, which sometimes meant that the list would get longer by the end of the day, rather than shorter.
Psychologically, this had quite a demoralising effect.
So the simple is to use the last fifteen minutes of your day to look at your master list and write a secondary list, but with only the task you will get through the next day.
Typically this is going to be three or four key jobs... But be realistic and take the time to look at the tasks and make sure you have all the information you will need to get started.
If you're missing something, send an email or make a phone call... If you explain that you want to work on their task but need some information, you will normally find that people are quick to assist as it will help their project move forwards more quickly.
Another benefit to writing down what you're going to do the next day is that your subconscious will process this information during the evening and while you sleep.
But the big thing for me is the moment when you strike off that last task in a day... You'll go home feeling like you've achieved what you set out to and you'll feel fired up for the next day.
It may be an illusion, but if it has a positive impact, who cares, eh?!