As an entrepreneur there are many routines and structures I have to set up for myself to get things done and be productive. I have tried many different set ups and I'm still working on refining my structure, particularly when it comes to strictly defining my work time vs. play time. Basically what I have come to conclude is that it makes most sense to focus on efficacy not efficiency. My goal is to be more effective with my goals and passions in order to be as un-busy as possible. Aka, doing less but doing it more effectively.
Recently I read this quote, which I found useful to remember when trying to get things done, particularly in my business. "Being busy is a form of lazy-thinking and indiscriminate action. Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions." This sounded a little harsh when first read it but it makes a lot of sense. We tend to avoid, or put off, doing difficult but necessary actions and decide to do other less important things instead. In my new routine I don't make an endless to do list and attempt to get it all done in one day. Instead I think of 2-3 things I must absolutely do that day to feel like I'm making progress toward my goals. I set aside a few hours to do those things and I try to use the techniques that will help me get those specific results the fastest (like calling vs. emailing sometimes). This makes me a lot more productive and gives me a lot of my time back to do other things I enjoy. Cut back on the amount of things you do and do them better; less stress and more fun.
What are your ticks to getting things done effectively?
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