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Slow Down To Get More Done

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 7:54am | by Helen Hoart

Fall has arrived and everyone is probably back into the swing of work and school. Vacation is probably a distant (and we hope pleasant) memory. Here are some tips to help you be more productive:


 In this hurry-up society of ours, being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being effective.

In fact, rushing to get things done so you can jump to the next task on your to-do list can be counterproductive.

When we rush we are more prone to make mistakes. Slowing down often means the task gets done right—the first time.

For example, instead of jumping into a project with both feet, take your time to:

• Plan and assess the task—realistically how many hours should it take? What’s your plan of attack? Can you accomplish this on your own or will you have to bring in others?

• Have all the tools you need at hand. Stopping and hunting for something you need is often counterproductive.

• Commit to working a stated amount of time each day, especially if it’s a challenging project. Sometimes when we have a really difficult task, it’s easy to become distracted. To think: “Oh, I’ll just take care of this other (easier) thing to get it off my plate.” This-stop-and-start method breaks your concentration and momentum.


Slow down and allow yourself to do the job right. In the long-run you’ll be more effective and less stressed.  Discover more tips to help you become more effective at

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