Seriously, the calendar says is Thursday but it feels so much like Monday and that is not a good thing. Chances are you, like say 99% of the rest of the human race (especially if we are focusing on the Superwoman amongst us), have too much on their plate and frankly, I’m no exception.

So how do you stop, breathe and get things done? While there is no fool-proof, one-size-fits-all solution, here’s 3 steps that usually help (well for me in any case):

“When you write things down, your chances of success are increased by 20%”

1. Write a List

Elementary as this might sound, when you leave your list of actions in your head, it’s not long before they become a tangled jumble of spaghetti thoughts which causes you to feel stressed and overwhelmed. While there are many different ways of creating and maintaining a to-do list, start by doing a brain dump (ie: dump the information from your head into one long list in no specific order). Studies show that you increase your chances of success by 20% when you’ve write things down. And while I say “write” I’m loosely referring to noting/typing/capturing your list in the best form that works for you (other than in your head of course).

Now that that’s complete, you are already ahead of your game.can take a step back, breathe and move on to step 2.

2. Prioritise According to Revenue

Now’s where the fun begins… instead of working through your list from top to bottom or tackling the fast and easy things first, take a couple of seconds to prioritise your priorities. You can ask: “what on my list brings me closest to achieving my goals” or, if you are in business “what on my list brings me closest to bringing in money”. Filtering your list by allocating a 1, 2 or 3 next to each item on your list will deal with some of the overwhelm that you could be feeling. Focus only on your high value tasks for now, the rest can wait till later in the day – week – month – year.

3 No Excuses

Self sabotage, in the form of procrastination and legitimate excuse making is often what trips us up and stops you from taking action. Become mindful of the excuses you are making and stop them in their tracks. If something needs to get done, just do it. Often it’s just the getting started that’s the first hurdle to climbing to your success.

In typing this I realise I could go on and on and on. Really though, boosting business productivity and overall efficiency starts with a first step. Get going with point number 1 above, if nothing else, it will bring you a little clarity. And hopefully, with Friday just around the corner, you can start to mark things off as DONE!.

Quirky, focused & fun are words used to describe Tracey Foulkes, productivity conference speaker and CEO of Get Organised. If you want your team to be inspired to operate outside of the box, contact her for a complimentary productivity assessment.


About The Author

Hands up if you want an extra 2 hours a day? In the ideal world it would be fab if you had the time (and energy) to read this expert bio, but if you are like any of our clients, you are struggling to just get the bare essentials done. And while we could go on about how brilliantly amazing Tracey Foulkes, professional speaker and CEO of Get Organised is … we know you are probably on your way to another meeting. Just before you dive back into your email inbox, or fight your way through the clutter on your desk, here’s 10 things you might find Tracey blogging about: Prioritising (what to do first when everything is urgent) - Finding your way around your filing system - How to deal with distractions - Delegation (doing it well) - Managing meetings more effectively - Dealing with an exploding email - Apps that make my life easier - Juggling family and work - Scheduling (making time for everything) - Anything relating to business productivity … organising your space, life and time. Twitter: @traceyfoulkes @getorganised

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