Last post, I mentioned that if you combined the power of single-tasking with what I’d share today, your productivity would skyrocket.
Let’s get to it.
I attended a copywriting presentation a little more than a year ago, I think it was. The presenter mentioned that he’d give a short phrase that impacted his life and career dramatically.
We waited for a while for him to give it (near the end of the presentation actually). The reasons why he decided to do that could cover several other posts.
My point for today is, this phrase sounded like complete nonsense. It seemed too simple. Too easy.
The phrase was:
“The task at hand expands to fill the time.”
I’ve learned some more since then, and picked up on what he really meant.
To basically overload your schedule, with more than you think you can get done, in the time you have.
If you normally schedule three things per morning, make it five or six.
Think of it like this: If you have one thing to do, and three hours in which to do it, how much time do you have to spend? Right. Three hours.
Now if you have 10 things to do, and only those same three hours, how much time do you have to spend? Only 18 minutes, but that’s if it takes you 10 minutes per task.
If you focus on one thing at a time on a long list, you might find you get more done, in less time than you thought.
One warning: Make sure all of these tasks aren’t super-urgent. Some days you won’t get everything done. Put it on the list for the next day, or next week.
Eliminating distractions and interruptions helps too, to the extent that you’re able to.
So the next time you have a to do list, concentrate on doing one thing at a time, and over-schedule. See if that doesn’t help you get more done.
Until next time,