We’re a society that loves to talk about how busy we are.
And so many of us are legitimately swamped.
For example, how many times have you been driving home from work and despite staying busy all day, you ask yourself, “What did I actually get done today?” Between phone calls, emails, meetings, special requests, project management— the day can fly by and you still have a full to-do list.
I attended an ad club meeting today and the presentation was focused around prioritizing your days and sticking to that efficiency plan as much as possible. The speaker, Michael Goeke, explained that even in this age of multitasking, it’s best to be purposeful with focusing on one item at a time. If you’re like me, multitasking is second nature! However, Goeke’s point lead me to the realization that there are plenty of times I should (an have the ability to) focus on one task at a time. By doing that, the task is completed more quickly, more efficiently, and bonus– you have more time to knock out all those other pop-up needs.
Some other great takeaways he mentioned:
- Blocking off time for high priority tasks and projects
- Being okay with saying “no” to unnecessary meetings
- Keeping your electronic (or paper) calendar up to date and sticking to it
- Assessing all tasks and knowing which ones are most important for the day
- Setting aside time each day to plan and organize (I know this seems impossible on busy days, but it really does help with flow for the rest of the week)
- Turning off email alerts— they can be real time thieves if they’re popping up and distracting you all day
Even though a few of those seem impossible to do, tackling even one can be a step in the right direction. In the words of French author Anotione de Saint- Exupéry, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”