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September 20, 2015

Getting the Right Things Done

Have you ever gotten to the end of the workweek and discovered that nothing important was accomplished? Despite this, you’re exhausted! Maybe you spent most of the week fighting fires, were stuck in meetings, or were constantly interrupted. Being positively productive requires you to spend time on the right things. Here are some tips for getting the right things done.After

  • Prioritize. You can’t get the right things done if you haven’t identified what they are. According to the Pareto Principle, you need to focus on the 20% of your activities that produce 80% of your results. Review your performance plan and job description. What are the deliverables you are responsible for achieving? That’s the 20% you need to move toward.
  • Plan your time. Nothing important is accomplished without a plan. When U.S. President John Kennedy promised to put a man on the moon by the end of the century, it took a plan to make it happen. Take out your calendar each week and schedule time to focus on your most important goals. You are more likely to accomplish them than if you leave it to chance.

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Benjamin Franklin, American statesman.

  • Stop multi-tasking. Study after study has shown that multi-tasking is not productive. In most cases, you aren’t truly multi-tasking; you’re serial tasking. Your attention is switching on and off activities, which can make you less productive! Focus on one task until it is completed, or you have taken it as far as you can. 

Stop being busy and just getting things done; get the right things done! See my blog posts Focus to be More Positively Productive and How to Use the Pareto Principle for Productivity at Work.

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