By Orna Drawas, Motivational Speaker and Productivity Expert
Good News: Superstars are made, not born! Even better . . . you can make some simple changes in your life to become a rock star. Nothing too drastic, just some small modifications can do the trick. Here are five simple ideas that can make a very big impact – very quickly.
#1 – Turn your To-Do list into an Action list.
So many things to do, you don’t know where to begin. That’s the problem with long lists of projects and tasks. Just the sight of your To-Do List can leave you dazed and confused; or feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Solution: Convert your To-Do List into an Action List that tells you exactly what needs to be done next to move those projects along. Begin every entry on your List with an action word such as: create, discuss, resolve, present, identify, send, pick-up, develop, show, etc. Now when you look at your Action List, you know exactly what action to take to move things forward and begin making things happen.
#2 – Accomplish ONE important thing every day.
Spend 5 minutes the night before and decide on one important thing you want to accomplish tomorrow . . . just one. And then, commit to getting it done by scheduling it on your calendar. You are much more likely to work on a project or a task if your calendar pops up to remind you of your commitment. Imagine if you are able to accomplish one important thing each day, five important things each week and 20 important things each month. How would that change your life?
#3 – Focus. Focus. Focus.
With innovations like the Internet, Twitter, Skype and PDAs, the world is your oyster. Opportunity knows no bounds. Possibilities are endless . . . and herein lies the problem. What should you do when you have so many options? The answer – “less is more!” Control yourself and FOCUS on those things that will help you reach your goals the fastest or best way possible. Select two or three things and do them well. Make an impact. Remember – it is better to move three things a mile than 100 things an inch.
#4 – Learn to Love Deadlines.
One of these days is none of these days….. In other words, without deadlines, nothing would get done. Use deadlines to manage activity and get quality results. Aggressive deadlines present a challenge. People love a good challenge and get enormous satisfaction from exceeding expectations. Set deadlines that are aggressive, that cause you and your team to stretch, but not break. The reward is high quality work and a great level of personal satisfaction.
#5 – Touch each piece of paper once.
Humbug! The paperless office hasn’t quite materialized. We still handle documents, business cards, receipts, forms…. all types of paper – every day. Leaving those documents in a pile on your desk wastes countless hours searching for valuable information. Take advantage of the technology at your fingertips. Scan your receipts, business cards and documents into NeatWorks weekly, then easily access important information in minutes, saving you time and producing better results.