- Time Management
- Fear of Failure
- Lack of Focus
1. Time ManagementDo you feel overwhelmed by the number of tasks confronting you each day? If so, time management is your primary issue. Your first job is to prioritize the tasks confronting you. Decide which tasks must be done today (urgent and important), which must be done sometime soon (important but not urgent) and which you can leave until you get around to them - which may be never - (not urgent and not important). I deal with the first category immediately. Then I start on the second category, and finally I browse through the others to find those I would like to do. For me, this is not a formal process, since I have done it for so long now that it's second nature, but when I started out I made these three lists daily. Recognize that not everything will go as planned every day, but give yourself a chance to "get it right" by avoiding distractions. Set aside a time to check e-mails, make phone calls, and so on so that they are not nagging at the back of your mind while you handle the more important stuff. At the end of the day I will plan to have completed all the urgent and important tasks and some of the less urgent but still important ones. Then I will make a list of three to five of the remaining important tasks to complete the following day. By then, I'm usually ready to do some of the third category (fun) ones! Try these time management tips and see how they help you to get more done.
2. Fear of FailureDo you ever resist starting a new activity? Sometimes it's because you're afraid to fail. Remember learning to ride a bicycle? Did you fall off? How many times did you fail before you finally got it? We learn more from our failures than our successes, so try looking on failure as a desirable learning experience rather than a reflection of poor performance. (We have our educational system to blame for this mindset - we were taught always to get "A"s and never "F"s.)
3. FocusToo often we try to multitask. Our brains are not geared for multitasking, and when we attempt it, our performance suffers. Have you ever noticed how your computer seems to get clogged up when you have too many tasks running? Ultimately, the system crashes and you have to reboot: your mind works in a similar manner. Focus on one task at a time and your productivity will increase by leaps and bounds. In this short article, I have touched on three topics which can help improve your productivity. There are many more, and you can read a lot of material on each of them. Whole books have been written on time management, for example. Work on one aspect of productivity at a time, and when you start seeing results move on to another. In time, you will master productivity, and your business and your life will flourish. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alan_Jenkin