How To Get More Done Fast

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Recently Egypt has faced many struggles and I’d be very cautious about traveling there now. But right before things got crazy, my brother and I traveled there to explore the country.  This picture was taken near the pyramids, which are truly a marvel to see.

So, what does Egypt have to do with getting more done fast? It has everything to do with it. You see, I only had the time and money to explore this great treasure of history because of one thing.

A simple little device that cost $10.

Ok, I know it sounds crazy, but let me explain.

I used to pride myself as being the queen of multi-tasking. It was like a badge of honor if I could handle six things within one hour. At the end of the day I would be exhausted with a long list of unfinished task.

But one day I listened to a seminar Eben Pagan was conducting about time management.

From his teachings, I came to understand multi-tasking was actually making me less productive. The secret to using my time well was to set aside blocks of time.

So you may be thinking, “what the heck is she talking about?” It’s really quite simple.

The real secret is to take a task and block off sixty minutes to work on it. This is where my little $10 device comes in.

A simple timer.

This is what you do. Turn off the cell, disable the email notifications and clear off the desk. Now pull out what you need for your task. Set the timer for sixty minutes and while it is counting down, focus on nothing else but the appointed task. When it rings, set it again for ten minutes.

This is your break. Get yourself a cup of tea, flip through a magazine or call a friend, but when the timer goes off, shut everything down again.

Go back to what you were working on or pick another task that needs addressing. The sixty minutes timer now starts again with the focus on one task.

Conduct your day this way and you will be amazed at how much you get done in such a little time. The first week I tried this, I almost couldn’t believe it.

No more multi-tasking for me. Yes, I still address many things in a day, but now I focus on one at a time. And, at the end of the day, everything gets down and I go home in time for dinner.

You can do the same.

Affectionately,
Annette

p.s. Go buy yourself a $10 timer…right NOW!

 

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