Unplug and Prioritize Before logging on for the day, rank every task from “must do” to “should do” to “don’t need to do.”
Productivity does not hinge on the number of hours you spend on the job, but on how well you use the time. The book, 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done (Business Plus/Available in September), looks at the challenges to productivity that many of us face every day – a lot of them, as author Peter Bregman points out, being burdens that we inflict upon ourselves. Bregman’s prescription is to set aside moments in the day to plan for maximum output, and then incorporate a number of “achiever habits” throughout your regular routine. In the end, he says, it’s all about focusing, blocking and tackling. If that sounds like a game-plan from an NFL coach, well, there are similarities. Emerging as a high performer requires the same kind of concentration and determination that a quarterback needs on a last-minute, winning drive. Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners, a global leadership/workplace consultancy. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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