Focus on one task at a time

taskmasterAre you a list maker? I am too, but I’ve got to say that recently I’ve discovered a bit of a problem with my habit of scratching out a list of things to do at the start of each day.


While putting my key goals for the day down on paper helped me, I often struggle to know where to start. So I do a bit of everything.


I type an email and then don’t quite finish it.


I make some calls and then forget to follow up.


I start a job and then jump to another item on my to-do list before the original task is completed.


Multitasking might be the hallmark of the entrepreneur, but it’s also a pretty dumb way to work at times if you’re prone to distraction.


So I’ve adjusted my daily list in two ways.


Firstly, after whacking everything down I go back and order the items in terms of their priority.


And then I highlight two or three things that I will work on until they are complete – that is, I actually finish these tasks before I start something else.


Simple yet effective for me at least – the key is to actually tick things off, not just to start them to give yourself the impression of action.


Get it done – today!


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