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We all have tasks set to accomplish at the end of the day. Some people choose to do it haphazardly, with no order or consistency, with whatever gets accomplished first attitude. If that works, how long can it last? And….how long can you go on that routine without having a brain scatter or burning out?

According to the widely read book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, effectiveness starts with a clear destination in mind. Covey says we can use our imagination to develop a vision of what we want to become and use our conscience to decide what values will guide us.

While our firm offers Trainings and Guidance regarding this topic, below are few tips to cultivate your to do attitude and get tasks done in a timely and orderly fashion.

1. Forget Multitasking. Let it go already
What most people do is get into the idea of thinking they are good at multitasking. We all do it, c’mon! But actually very few can solidly focus on more than 1 or two tasks, particularly if they require focus and depth. At the end of the day, you accomplishing less and the quality of your work is not up-to par.

What’s the trick? Efficient people know that concentrated effort with few distractions leads to better work product in faster times. Otherwise the work may not be up to par, which means wasting even more time and energy going back to fix the mistakes.

2. Plan Your Week in Advance
There are many tools on task management depending on your area of field. If you are orderly or you are trying to be, a great to-do list will cut hours of procrastination and confusion about what you should be doing next.

What’s the trick? At the beginning of the week or morning, spend an hour making a detailed list of what you need to accomplish – this way you can choose the most important jobs to complete first so you’re not wasting time and dilly dallying on what you should be doing next.

3. Think positively or try to
How positive do you approach your daily tasks? Positive thinking can have a huge effect on how productive you are at work. Sometimes the planned routines and tasks can get a little bit drab or complicated. Where you can’t see the end near.

What the trick? What if you had a different attitude regarding these “drab” tasks, a new perspective into approaching your day to day work? If you did this, you would work faster without wasting time worrying and spending more time doing something to work towards your goals,

4. Limit Distractions
What are your distractions at work? Is it background noise? Is it unnecessary thoughts? Gossip maybe? You know what, it’s all boils down to you working on your efficiency and motivation levels and trying to find out what distracts you when you are trying to focus on more important tasks.

What’s the trick? Try to avoid these interruptions as much as possible by maybe turning your phone off and/or using noise-cancelling headphones, anything to make your workspace tolerant.

5. Finish what you start
If you have been working on a new project and for whatever reason, you get to leave that project midway, you could get super stressed just thinking about it.

The big question would be…..How can you move onto the next task knowing that you have an uncompleted one hanging over your head?

What the trick to getting things done? When you complete a task, a rush of endorphins is released, making you feel happy and more relaxed. Give yourself a new lease of energy and finish what you started before moving on to the next chore on your to-do list.