A sure-fire way to accomplish your work

LucyI love autumn.

The air is crisp and cool, the trees are full of colour and I get to wear big comfy sweaters.

It’s a great season to take my dog, Lucy, for a walk in the park. Usually, we have an hour to romp and play, but this day was different.

I had a project to get done, so this walk was all about Lucy doing her business … and fast.

But as we entered the park, it looked like a squirrel party. They were everywhere and Lucy was in heaven. Her all-time favourite thing to do is chase squirrels.

As I watched her burst into a full sprint after a squirrel who dashed toward the nearest tree, I could feel myself getting progressively frustrated.

Couldn’t she just focus and get on with the task at hand?

And then I thought of you!

Are you wasting your time and energy chasing squirrels rather than getting on with your work? [Read more…]

Get more done using the Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro_timerIt’s easy to get overwhelmed when your To Do list is as long as your arm (or two arms)! Some days you may feel that you haven’t even made a dent in all those tasks that still need to get done.

When I first heard about the Pomodoro Technique, I was skeptical. I couldn’t imagine interrupting my work flow by taking breaks. How would doing that help me get ahead? Shouldn’t I just keep ploughing through it all?

After using this technique, I quickly discovered that this really does work.

Watch the video below and I’ll show you how easy it is to incorporate Pomodoro into your workday and how it will help you get more projects completed.

 

Twitter logo  Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein

 

Are you ready to take this week’s Shortcut? Commit to it in the comments below, schedule it in your calendar (and set your timer!) and make it happen!

5 ways to stop multitasking

When you ask people how do they get so much done in a day, many will proudly respond it’s because they are great multitaskers. However, research suggests this perception couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is this: multitasking kills productivity.

Researchers continue to find that multitasking decreases your productivity by decreasing your ability to focus and increasing your stress level. Technology has added to the problem by tempting us with email, texting, social media, etc.

So why do so many of us brag about multitasking? And if multitasking is impairing our efficiency and wasting our time, what can we do about it? [Read more…]