Hello, my friends.
This week, we continue our six-part Productivity series. These are lessons from our archives that are tied to the subject of productivity. In this lesson, I cover one very simple and highly effective practice that is the key to productivity. This one secret is bedrock to productivity. Comment below the blog because, at the end of the series, I’m going to choose one winner from the commenters who will receive my Top 10 Productivity Tips mini-course absolutely free (a $47 value).
This is my favorite subject as it pertains to business.
What is it?
In fact, I’m going to give you my number one secret to productivity… are you ready for it? It’s simple, and you have probably heard it before.
Do one thing at a time.
Don’t multi-task. The work required to be done each day can be overwhelming, so people multi-task, believing they can get more done in less time. But in reality, the quality of their work is far inferior to that of those who focus on one thing at a time.
So what do you do?
You plan your work, and you work your plan.
You must have discipline.
Plan your work. Plan it out in a calendar. “This is what I’m going to be doing from this time to this time.”
Don’t start the day by reading your email.
That’s other people’s priorities interfering in your life.
You have to map out a strategy to get your highest priorities done.
And then you use whatever tool necessary to do it.
I have kitchen timers all over the place and give them away at speaking engagements. I use them myself all the time. They’re little $5.00 or $10.00 accountability partners to help you stay focused on the task at hand.
By doing this, you’ve given a task undivided attention for a set time, and the quality of your work is far greater. You actually get more of your highest priorities done using this method.
So stay focused. Don’t multi-task. Absolutely do not multi-task. It is the biggest misnomer, the biggest myth, and the biggest misconception about productivity.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that if you’re doing this and simultaneously doing that and checking your email and doing some other thing, that somehow you’re knocking important things off your list.
You absolutely are not.
The quantity of important things you get done will be negatively impacted, and the quality of your work will be impacted.
I would love to hear what your results are. Just post a comment below.