One of my favorite say­ings that my moth­er-in-law uses is “If you want to find the fastest and eas­i­est way to get some­thing done, ask a lazy per­son to do it.”  I do not think of her being lazy, on the con­trary.  I think she’s bril­liant when it comes to find­ing ideas to get a task done more effi­cient­ly.  We recent­ly bought an inflat­able pool (our “COVID pool”) every night we let the water out by pulling the plug.  As you can imag­ine gal­lons of water comes rush­ing out and floods our front yard where we have had trou­ble grow­ing grass.  My moth­er-in-law sug­gest­ed siphon­ing the water with a hose.  BRILLIANT!  The water comes out slow­ly and we can put the hose on areas that need to be watered dai­ly and then walk away.

There are things that we must do in life to get ahead per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly.  Not all things are fun and easy.  We just need to put on our big girl/boy pants and get them done.  Maybe we should not do them with a lazy atti­tude, but we can make sure that we are doing them in the most effi­cient man­ner.  Here are 5 sim­ple changes to make that will help you get things com­plet­ed more efficiently.

  1. Make a dai­ly to-do list the evening before– Most to-do lists resem­ble a huge moun­tain that needs climb­ing (mine even grows as I am climb­ing). Break down the list into dai­ly tasks to make it more man­age­able.  Be sure to even add the small­est thing to the list so you can see your progress.  I know I get much sat­is­fac­tion from putting a line through a task once it is com­plet­ed.  Mak­ing your list the evening before allows your mind to rest and get pre­pared to dive in first thing in the morning.
  2. Do the hardest/most impor­tant task first – If you have not read “Eat That Frog!” by Brain Tra­cy you should. He goes through 21 ways to stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing.  He stress­es doing the hard­est thing on your list first.  Hav­ing this task out of the way allows you to free your ener­gy to focus on the oth­er items on your list.
  3. Set up a sys­tem — Hav­ing a sys­tem in place ensures con­sis­ten­cy and effi­cien­cy. Know­ing what to do and how to do it brings clar­i­ty, focus, and control.
  4. Focus on one thing at a time – Mul­ti­task­ing reduces per­for­mance and increas­es the risk of mis­takes being made. Stud­ies have shown that because of this, mul­ti­task­ing increas­es stress lev­els.  Focus on com­plet­ing one project before you begin the next one.
  5. Start say­ing Yes! – Because say­ing NO is so hard, begin say­ing YES! A few months ago, our founder, Mack­ey, had us do an exer­cise where we said YES to mak­ing more time for what gets us clos­er to our goals ver­sus hav­ing to say NO to doing things that can get us off track.  Let me tell you, my ener­gy shift­ed quick­ly.  It felt like a weight had been lift­ed off my shoul­der when I said YES out loud.  We need to stay true to our­selves with our time and energy.

Now that sum­mer is here, and the world is start­ing to open, you need to get out there and enjoy it!  Make one change per week and see how it makes you feel.  I guar­an­tee you will start find­ing a few miss­ing hours of your day.

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