The Art of Doing EverythingIf you’re looking for ways to be more productive, here are several tips from a Fast Company article titled, “The Art of Doing Everything.”

  • Don’t waste time on unnecessary decisions, like what to eat for breakfast or lunch.  Eat the same thing everyday.  Also, for men and women, consider simplifying your work wardrobe.  For example, the man with the most demanding job in America, President Barack Obama, told Vanity Fair, “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” [Obama] said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.”  No need to spend 15 to 20 minutes, every day, deciding what to wear and with which shoes.
  • Prepare for meetings so you are laser-focused and can make the most of the time and resources present.
  • Use only the time you need for meetings.  Stay on topic.  If the topic can be covered in 20 minutes, complete the conversation and move on.
  • Tackle the more challenging tasks first.  Put energy into completing them versus worrying about them. Done is better than perfect.  Don’t waste time tinkering and endlessly tweeking.
  • End your day with a plan for tomorrow…a plan that notes the two to three important priorities for the day ahead.  If you take a few minutes at the end and beginning of your day to plan and prioritize, you’ll be sure to complete your most pressing tasks, leaving plenty of time addresses the remainder of your to-do list in descending order of importance.

Small changes, such as these, could help you create more time for what’s really important.

For more tips for working more efficiently and performing better on the job, check out my “Office Talk Reports” as heard on KYW Newsradio.

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