His wife left a note for him to prepare dinner that evening:
“Shepherd’s Pie needs to be taken out of the fridge and placed in the oven at 140 degrees.”
According to the Harvard Business blog, you can organize an eight-hour work day and keep it on track by creating a ritual that’ll only take a total of 18 minutes each day.
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Harvard Business blog’s Peter Bregman outlines three steps on how to avoid those days when you can barely remember what you intended to accomplish by the time you reach for your keyboard:
STEP 1 (5 Minutes) Set Plan for Day.
STEP 2 (1 minute every hour) Refocus..
STEP 3 (5 Minutes) Review.
Basically, you’ll start the day off right by grabbing a sheet of paper and writing down the goals which you can realistically accomplish that day. The important part is to immediately assign time slots to those tasks by order of importance and difficulty because these designated times make you more likely to accomplish your goals and give you a way of tracking your progress once every hour. At the end of the work day, you’ll take a few minutes to review not just the last hour, but the entire day. Did you stay on track? What can you do differently tomorrow to retain or improve your productivity?
Check out the full details on this time management ritual on the Harvard Business blog and tell us about how you organize your days and prevent slumps in productivity. Do you have a ritual or do you fly by the seat of your pants and hope for the best? Share your workday time management successes (or failures) in the comments.
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Editor: Welcome guest author Jason Womack who’s got some advice on how to get back to work on a slow day.
You just don?t want to do it anymore. No more task folders, no more email labeling, no more index cards in your back pocket. You just don?t have the energy today; the power of your productivity is at a low ebb. What do you do now? How do you flip that switch to get going again? Photo by Stewf.
Here are five simple things you can do, not related to making lists or reworking your system (again), which will inspire you to get back on the right track.
In short, here are some things that will get you going again:
That formula may not take a long time to finish, but at the end, you?ll feel brand new and be able to tackle the toughest tasks you have around you with more energy.
What are the switches that flip your energy back on on an unproductive day? Let us know in the comments.
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA shares productivity tips that make it possible to do more without the added stress of working harder. For more productivity ideas and up-to-date posts, visit www.JasonWomackBlog.com.
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After noticing numerous references to BLog (Web Log) software and services, I decided to research the technology. Determining if I am quality “BLogger” material, was something that interested me. Hang on a sec, a dialog requires my input. [a few seconds pass – I feel a side-track session coming on!] Seeing the phrase, “Burn process …View full post