have often been told that I do an extraordinary amount of work in a
short period of time. Those same individuals have told me that there is
no way they could accomplish as much as I do in the same amount of time.
I believe the difference is in the way we work.
you spend many hours "after hours," then you need to work more
efficiently. What that means is that any task you undertake needs to be
done with clear purpose and focus. And the way to have clear purpose and
focus is to stop thinking and start doing.
all heard of 'to do' or 'action' lists. When I was younger, I balked at
the thought of keeping such lists because I was quite adept at
remembering everything I needed to get done every day plus the next few
days or weeks. But that was then and this is now. To my rescue: lists.
serve a useful purpose and are especially freeing for the mind -
decreasing or eliminating the latest and loudest issues so you can
increase your focus. Keep your list on paper, on computer, on your
BlackBerry, whatever makes sense for you - just as long as it's in a
location where you know you'll see it every day. My list, for instance,
is in my email calendar.
your list every day and then work on the most important items first.
Remember to mark off completed items and bring forward incomplete items.
Practice this for a month and see how much more you'll accomplish in
less time. To make your practice a habit, keep at it for at least three
by the way, a nice side effect of working from lists is that they will
help decrease your stress levels which means you'll be more fun to be
around - both in and out of the office.