Do you feel you haven’t accomplished enough despite your hectic schedule in 2013? Does it seem you haven’t achieved your main goals even though you’ve scribbled from the first to the last page of your organizer?
Before you step onto the brink of productivity frustration, take a pause and ask yourself the following questions:
Have I identified what my top priorities are?
Knowing what to do is apparently not enough; you also need to determine which ones are of greatest worth.
Sequencing is an important part of task management because it defines the right track to completion. For instance, if you’re an entrepreneur who has a lot of business ideas, choose one based on profitability, market demand, and value. If you hop from one concept to another, you will most likely end the year with half-baked projects.
Do I know how to delegate tasks?
If you’re swamped with work because of your inability to delegate, you are not maximizing the value of time.
Delegating tasks that can be efficiently handled by another person allows you to tackle issues that are more important. If you’re a supervisor or a project manager, exhaust the possibilities of your subordinates. If you receive hundreds of inquiries about the workshops or training programs you conduct, hire someone who can answer them for you.
Do I commit to my checklists?
Enumerating what-to-dos is the easiest part; having the discipline to complete them is the most difficult. If you often find yourself distracted by less urgent but more exciting activities like checking social media feeds, responding to emails, or browsing the Internet, learn to unplug for productivity. If you notice procrastination often stealing your time, remember this common quote of Charles Dickens:
Never do tomorrow what you can do today.
If you can proudly answer you know how to prioritize, delegate and commit, and yet still feel dissatisfied with your productivity, then perhaps you are expecting too much from yourself. In order to avoid this distressing feeling, make sure you set goals that are realistic enough for your time and capabilities. Organize, delegate, and be more productive!