Six Ways on Getting More Done each day

By | June 8, 2005

Once people got organized and they can handle tasks well, usually they want more out of their time. They want to accomplish more things. When I present an introduction on time management in the organization I am working for, I got these questions a lot from people: “How can I really can more done?”. In my opinion, there are six tips that I had to assist you on getting more done:

1. Focus high importance tasks first

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This is the number one thing you want to do if you want to accomplish more. Prioritize your tasks into high importance to low importance. In my definition, “accomplish more” means getting more value out of an interval of time. If you are choosing to watch TV over completing your project that is due tomorrow, you are definitely getting your priority wrong. By spending time onto higher importance tasks, you will squeeze more value out of your time.

2. Work smarter

It means that you are using some smarter ways to complete the task. Sometimes it is hard to work smarter because it involves a longer start-up. For instance, if I am doing a set of repetition tasks in computer, I usually would not dig into it directly. I will try to think if there are any ways I can write a script to automate it, or if I can find some utility that can assist the operations. After longer start-up on writing scripts or search for utility, the result will be pay off as I do not need to repeatedly to redo tasks.

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3. Work faster

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You may think “Duh!” but it is quite true. Work faster may mean you are learning to type faster, or if you train yourself on a new shorthand system for minutes taking. Things like this can able you to speed up your work.

4. Work harder

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What do you mean work harder? Drop your TV watching session. Drop your tea break. Schedule all your work on the time that you should do work. Enjoy your free and relaxing time on your weekend.

5. Concentrate and focus tasks

Concentrate yourself on one task and only one task. Your concentration will help your mind to focus the data, skill and knowledge that require you complete the task. You will finish the task faster. Focus all the tasks that are similar and have them scheduled one next to one. Because you are already “in-the-flow” with all the related knowledge, you will able to work with the tasks quicker.

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6. Avoid to make mistakes

Finally, mistakes are the one of the most deadly time waster. If you have made one mistake on a task, the time of correcting it, or apologize to your customers or boss will cost you much more time. Better to be careful at the first time and finish it. Everyone make mistake, but there aren’t any excuse if you are making the same mistake twice. Note it down as notes and remind yourself when you are doing similar tasks again.

So there are six steps in my opinion that can help you accomplish more. The most important thing to get more value out of your time is to focus into important tasks first.

Comments and your tips on this topic are welcome.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination.

1. Make a List of Your Goal Destinations

Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

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So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

2. Think About the Time Frame to Have the Goal Accomplished

This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

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3. Write Down Your Goals Clearly

Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

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For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

4. Write Down What You Need to Do for Each Goal

Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

5. Write Down Your Timeframe With Specific and Realistic Dates

Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

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For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

6. Schedule Your To-Dos

Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

Write these action points on a schedule, you have definite dates on which to do things.

7. Use Your Reticular Activating System to Get Your Goal

Learn in this Lifehack’s vlog how you can hack your brain with the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and reach your goal more efficiently:

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8. Review Your Progress

At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

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Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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