YOU HAVE TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANT POINTS
Do you have to read material that you need to keep and refer to again? Then get out the highlight pen and use it. Read the document just ONCE and highlight ONLY the most important points. It is amazing how many people read a document and then have to re-read the entire document again, when they need to refer to the same document months later.
HIGHLIGHT YOUR EYESIGHT
If you use your highlight pen, when you need to refer to the document again your eyes will only be drawn to the highlighted key points. This means no re-reading again and cuts down your reading time by 75%. This is a very simple but very smart and productive strategy.
PRODUCTIVITY IDEA 4: DECIDING WHEN TO TAKE ON A NEW TASK
Here’s another powerful productivity idea for you. It is so simple but so many people ignore this and become candidates for stress and burnout.
WHAT TO DO WHEN TAKING ON SOMETHING NEW
When you consider taking on something new then you need to use this productivity rule. So here’s the golden rule. Before you start something new, you have to discontinue something old. Yes that is really it!
Just adding more projects and tasks to your already bulging list is a recipe for disaster. You gain control over your workload and life when you first carefully consider what you will stop doing that is not as important, valuable or useful.
NOW YOU CAN TAKE ON SOMETHING NEW
Once you have determined what you will no longer do – then and only then – do you take on something new.
PRODUCTIVITY IDEA 5: HOW TO DECIDE WHEN TO SAY YES OR NO
With the previous productivity idea I explained that in order to take on something new you have to follow a golden rule of productivity. That is - first decide what you will give up and stop doing it before taking on anything new.
ANOTHER GOLDEN RULE OF PRODUCTIVITY
But many people become ‘stuck’ trying to decide what they need to give up and so take on more without ever letting anything go. So here is another golden rule of productivity. It is this - make sure you have set yourself clear goals and know what you are aiming to achieve. Once you are clear on your goals, you can then ask yourself these questions:
Is continuing to do this current task moving me closer or further away from my goals?
Will taking on this new task move me closer or further away from my goals?
Please forward on and share these productivity ideas with others in the workplace.
Dr Judy Esmond