How To Get The Important Things Done

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One of the most difficult things we have to overcome these days is the busy work trap. The work that really does not improve us, our careers or take us anywhere near achieving our goals. It is so easy to get stuck doing work that, although needs doing, is not important.

I know many people struggle with this, and the fight is an ongoing fight. Our bosses, colleagues, family and friends are all demanding our attention. And while they are not necessarily being selfish, their constant demands for our attention pulls us away from doing the things that are important to our long-term goals and continuous self-improvement.

To overcome this, I have developed a number of tricks that help me to maintain my focus on the things that are important to my life and my own self-development, and I would like to share these with you now.

Today’s Outcomes

It would be very easy to label all tasks I think are important with “today’s outcome”, but that would miss the point. By only having a maximum of two tasks I can label as an outcome for the day means there is a better than ninety percent chance they will be completed. If I had ten such tasks, then the chances of completing them in one day would be minimal. Us humans have a bad habit of thinking we can achieve far more than we can in a set amount of time, in this case, twenty-four hours.

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Filter All Requests Through A Question

Filtering requests through the question “how does this help me achieve my goals?” also helps you to decide whether you want to do something or not. It teaches you to be more aware of where you are spending your time and helps you to make better decisions for yourself.

When you combine these three methods together, you arrive at a very powerful way of maintaining your focus on the things that are important to you and it pulls you closer and closer to achieving your goals, both in the short-term and the long-term every day.

I know it is very hard to keep yourself out of the busy-work trap, but if you want to achieve your goals, and you want to feel you have done a fulfilling day’s work each day, these little tricks will certainly pull you forward to a happier and more successful life.

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Carl Pullein is a personal development and productivity specialist, presenter and author of Working With Todoist: The Book as well as Your Digital Life, a book about using your technology to achieve greater productivity. Carl works with clients all over the world to help them focus on the things that are important to them and to become more successful, productive and creative.

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