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Tips for a Productive Day

November 18, 2011

Filed under: Focus/Time Management,Processes — @ 2:09 pm

I’ve previously written about managing your day so you get more done. Among other things, you can take charge of your email, the telephone, and interruptions from your team.

John Thompson, a mortgage specialist here in Southern California and one of the most entrepreneurial people I know, recently sent me a short article containing additional tips for controlling your time. John advises:

  • Get there early
  • Be careful about the commitments you make
  • Delegate as much as you can to someone else

I think all of these are great suggestions! I suspect if you follow them, your day will be less hectic, more enjoyable, and you’ll get more done.

I would add one more piece of advice: limit the commitments you make to yourself. According to David Rock in Your Brain at Work (Harper Collins 2009), the thinking part of your brain only has limited capacity. I found it tremendously liberating when someone told me that a person can only handle three projects in a day. So, when you plan your day, don’t over commit yourself — you won’t do a good job and you’ll wind up feeling frustrated and disappointed in yourself. If you are realistic about what you can accomplish and do what you set out to do, you will reduce your sense of overwhelm and increase your satisfaction.

Please let me know how this helps you!

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