I’ve pulled out 5 tricks from his list that I regularly use and try to apply and listed them here. The entire list is really good. Great thoughts for each of us today!
#1) Most Important Tasks (MITs): At the start of each day (or the night before) highlight the three or four most important things you have to do in the coming day. Do them first. If you get nothing else accomplished aside from your MITs, you’ve still had a pretty productive day.
#2) Big Rocks: The big projects you’re working on at any given moment. Set aside time every day or week to move your big rocks forward.
#3) Inbox Zero: Decide what to do with every email you get, the moment you read it. If there’s something you need to do, either do it or add it to your todo list and delete or file the email. If it’s something you need for reference, file it. Empty your email inbox every day.
#4) Timer: Tell yourself you will work on a project or task, and only that project or task, for a set amount of time. Set a timer, and plug away at your work. When the timer goes off, you’re done – move on to the next project or task.
#5) Eat the Frog: Do your most unpleasant task first. Based on the saying that if the first thing you do in the morning is eat the frog, the day can only get better from then on.
Don’t get overwhelmed trying to apply these 5 or the full list of 50.
Just start working on a couple of them today!
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