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How to Get More Done--Try These Simple Tactics

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:28pm | by Helen Hoart

Sometimes we have to admit we can’t get everything done.  It happens especially when our to-do list creeps onto a second page and continually nags us.

The outcome:  we can feel paralyzed; nothing gets done.

The first step is to focus on what’s most important and what will really make a difference.  To-do lists can become cluttered because we put everything on them from major projects at work to picking up the dry cleaning on the way home.

Learn to Prioritize   As you set priorities, ask yourself the question what will really make a difference in my life. That way some of the to-do list clutter starts to disappear.  Of course, many of us like to keep “pick up the dry cleaning” on our list because we know we can get that done. 

One strategy:  have a list for life’s everyday tasks—get the dry cleaning, pick up milk, etc.  That way you won’t let something slip.  But you’re not giving those tasks more importance than they deserve.  They’re errands not major projects.

Then create a list of the important things that you have to do—the tasks that will give you a sense of accomplishment and move you forward in your career and life.

Life’s too short to let our to-do list paralyze us.  Concentrate on the big, important tasks and the others will get done too.



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