Are you constantly bombarded with things to do or things you want to get done? Even if you create lists, tasks and projects seem never to end. The answer is to get a workable plan to manage your life and work that suits your personality and mindset. Think about the time of day when you are most productive and plan your more important tasks for that block of time. For some, it is first thing in the morning, for others, it is in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the day; while others prefer burning the midnight oil when it's quiet.

Yes, it is true that many successful people are early risers who give their mind and body attention before tackling the day by meditating, exercising, reading or studying. That strategy sets a foundation of accomplished successes to build on.

Consider that there may be too many items on your list, making it feel overwhelming. Try to have a daily list of no more than 2 or 3 tasks or projects; at the most 4. All tasks should not be monumental, or you may struggle and feel frustrated. However, you want to “eat the frog” first. Approach the most difficult one first, and then the rest will “seem” easier. Revenue-generating and work tasks need to be the top priority.

I am a big proponent of making lists and admit that I keep a master list, but I create a daily list of just a few items. Segmenting my lists for work, personal, clients, business, family, house, and personal development works for me.

Managing distractions and social media are greatest challenges for all of us. Both are pervasive and encroach upon our time and attention. It may be helpful to announce to the people you interact with most that you have a quiet period every day, e.g., from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. for paperwork and planning. Just turn off the email and social media for certain time periods. Those e-mails and jokes will be there waiting for you when you return.

Good luck getting more done. Should you need more tips and strategies to become more productive, feel free to contact me.

Brenda Goburn-Smith
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