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THREE PASSIONS - TOPLAND

This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me. Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, essayist, and philosopher.

 

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.

 

Have too many things to do in too little time? Well, this information on how you can boost productivity every day will certainly help. It focuses on to-do lists and making sure you actually complete items on the list.

 

If you aren’t already using to-do lists, you really should be -they are one of the most effective methods of time organization out there and can really help you organize what you need to do and actually track that it gets done.

As someone who has a hard time staying productive, I find this chart incredibly useful, especially the part about doing the hardest task first, which I don’t usually do on my to-do lists-although I’m great at knocking off the small tasks and batching things.

1. Listing

It all begins with listing. If you don’t have a list, create one. If you have a rough list from the night before, the first thing to do when you sit at your desk is to sharpen the list, adding any last minute items.

2. Worst First

We often have one item on the list that is hanging over our head and just doesn’t seem like it will get taken care of. Step up to the plate and knock this out. The rest of the day is downhill from there.

3. Just do it

Use those small items to help you feel more productive. They are quick and often very easy. Complete and get the big marker out to cross them off the list.

4. Make things enjoyable

Reward yourself with occasional breaks, music you enjoy, or even a snack. Life is short. Enjoy your work.

5. Pack Times

Identify the time you know are most productive (3pm coffee hour?) and set aside some tasks for this time. When the time rolls around, remember to close your cubical door so that it will be just you and your work.

6. Batching

Cluster your emailing sessions and your phone call sessions. Short for 3-4 batches a day. This will help keep short emails and phone calls from distracting you.

7. Specialize

Focus on one single task at a time. Distractions and multitasking eat up your time. Consistently completing and crossing off tasks is encouraging and satisfying.

8. Optimize and reflect

a. As you get to the end of the day, think back on the day, identify your peak times, the most wasteful tasks and seek to keep from repeating these tasks tomorrow.

b. Might you have been able to more efficiently complete a task? Taking the time to make a mental note of what you can do better the next time will put you on the road to continuous improvement.

9. Re-list

a. At times you will not complete everything you had on your list. This is okay, add them to tomorrows list with a star so that they do not get rolled over a second day.

b. By the day’s end you will have a rough idea of items you need to do tomorrow. Go ahead and list them. Tomorrow when you start fresh, you will be less likely to have missed an re-list.