If you struggle to complete all your tasks in a day it is really important to be ruthless. At the end of the day getting SOME done rather than none, or worse all to a low standard, is far better than spending half your day procrastinating.
The art of SUBTRACTION allows us to minimise and simplify our goals and I truly believe keeping things simple is key to clarity and rapid productivity.
Now the ruthless part, once you have a list of ‘to do’s’ you need to scrap off half. You heard right, half. Don’t think too much into this, I trust you are not silly and will instinctually know what to draw a line through. Remember we are not erasing them forever, we are just subtracting for TODAY. All we have is today so let’s continue to the next step…
PRIORITISE, gift yourself half the new list to take on, 25 % of your original list you will tackle head on in order of priority, ticking off as you go. No ifs or buts as it is only a quarter of the workload 😉
Which leaves us with 25% that you need to realistically DELEGATE. Delegation is your new best friend. Now the important thing to know about delegation is it is not passing the buck or shifting the blame if your shit doesn’t get done. No, you are accountable still and you are the overseer of set tasks. What you must not do though is loom over the shoulder of the delegated individual. The key points are to pick wisely who or how the task needs to be tackled, communicate expectations that MUST be within the realms of that persons abilities for example, and have a timely expectation verbalised and mutually agreed on. Meaning I’m not going to let my 4 year old walk the 35kg Labrador mix! Or ask someone to make a phone call on my behalf but give no set limit to when it needs to be done by.
Once you delegate step back and only check in when it is necessary – when the task should be complete or you need to assist or clarify should a complication arise.
Remember if we are blessed there is always tomorrow and the more you practice this method of getting shit done the more productive you will become. It is far better to complete important goals with gusto than to skim over the surface of a mountain of things to do and chase your tail all day.
I really hope this helps if like me sometimes you feel so overwhelmed with everything you must juggle to get what’s needed done.