Have you ever thought that things we can think of a strength are often a weakness? Take being a multi-tasker for example, we call it juggling many balls in the air. However, this is a great strength to have if being a finisher is also part of that strength. What is the point of having all these great ideas, jobs or tasks on the go at the same time if we don’t finish them, and worse still if we don’t finish them on time.
We are all busy people, whether working for an employer or ourselves, but being able to sustain this over long periods isn’t healthy or productive.
Here are some 6 tips on how to become more productive, creating new and effortless habits.
Prioritise and group what you do
Many of the tasks we do are similar or routine. Improve your work-flow by grouping these together and prioritising them.
Focus on the detail
There is a time for big picture thinking and a time for small picture thinking. To be a finisher we must limit one and focus on the other.
Concentrate on what you can do
To enable us to keep focused we must concentrate on the job in hand and do it and not be tempted to think about blue sky ideas.
Develop a routine
Many people shy away from this word and see it as being dull, monotonous, boring, but it is the complete opposite. A routine helps us keep to task, finish the job and feel we have been productive
Determine your place
In this high technology world where we can be reached 24/7 with numerous devices, we become tempted to react and respond. Having a work place – a work time – a work space will give us ‘permission’ only to work in that place, space or time
Being a perfectionist
Guilty as charged! However, spending too much time on details can be a time-waster taking our focus away – be realistic rather than pedantic.
Debs moved to New Zealand in 2007, is married to Jeff, lives in North Canterbury and loves the kiwi lifestyle.
Between them, Debs and Jeff have 6 children and 10 grandchildren who all live in England. She visits every year to spend special quality time with them all.
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Debs is a qualified Life Coach, with the NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS), hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), studied in Humanities and Social Science and tutored First Line Management courses levels 3 and 4 at Aoraki Polytechnic as well as setting up and running other training programmes, conferences and workshops.
Debs is a professional public speaker, a member of Toastmasters International since 1992, has held national and training roles in NZ, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Debs is also a member of the National Speakers Association NZ (NSANZ).