Smart Tip of The Week

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You're busy. I get it. You don't always have time to read lengthy articles on how to get more productive. That's why I've created Smart Tip of the Week! Every week, I'll post a new SmartTip so you can get your weekly dose of inspiration.

Georgina Forrest
Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Balance is the key

Balance is the key. Are you working hard to stay ahead of everything but feeling exhausted from trying to do it all? You're a human being not a human doing. Check out this Tip of the Week for a reminder of this.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

End On A Good Note

Save your easier tasks for the end of each day. You'll be able to complete them and end each day with a positive and rewarding feeling.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Start at the bottom!

Got piles? Wondering what the best way to sort through them is? Check out this week's Smartworks! Tip of The Week for the answer. When you're sorting a pile of papers, flip it over and start at the bottom of the pile. Those items are the oldest and can be tossed quickly and easily.

Make your subject lines clear. People scan their inbox, and the subject line determines whether they think an email is relevant or not. Do your best to summarize the email in the subject line. This also makes filing and retrieving emails faster. Work On Yourself, Finding Yourself, Getting Dumped, Do Your Best, Getting Things Done, I Got This, Have Time, Letting Go, Lets Go

Let go of that one thing!

Are you hanging onto something but just can't find your mojo to get it done? Let it go ... check out Smartworks! tip of the week for some inspiration! Let go of that one thing. You know the thing I'm talking about. It's been bugging at you for far too long now. You really feel like you 'should' do it, but you just can't get yourself to make it happen. Don't be a should-head. Let it go. Feel the release of that negative energy as you let it go. Now you can focus your energy on stuff that…

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Do the small stuff right away!

Do you find yourself putting off doing even small tasks? You're losing precious time. Get motivated with Smartworks! Tip of the Week! If a task will only take you a couple of minutes or less to complete just do it. Don't waste time looking at it and then postponing it to later. Need to call Mary for a code - call her. Need to sign off on a report - sign off. Quit putting off the small stuff. If you leave it too long those little things seem to grow with time.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

A better tomorrow starts today

Having difficulty setting your daily plan in motion? Start off your day with this Smartworks! Tip of the Week! Instead of fumbling around in the morning trying to put out fires and figure out what's next, hit the ground running by making a task list at the end of your workday the day before. At the end of the day you're clear about what didn't get done and where things stand. The added bonus: it frees your mind up and releases stress.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Do the undone stuff.

Got a bunch of undone stuff niggling at you? Start getting them done with Smartworks! easy-to-do Tip of The Week! Complete at least one incompletion a day. Maybe you won't always have time but most days do what you can to get rid of that old niggly stuff that's been hanging around for far too long. Just pick something randomly and get it done. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel just by getting one silly old thing done.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Procrastination wastes time

Quit putting off what you know needs to get done. If it's important for you to complete it - then do it! The dread of doing it takes up more time and energy than actually doing it. And you'll feel so good when you get it done. You'll wonder why you put it off in the first place.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

The Email Equation

Send less email equals you get less email. Before you decide to send an email ask yourself these question: Is this email necessary? Is an email really the best way to handle this matter?

Make your subject lines clear. People scan their inbox, and the subject line determines whether they think an email is relevant or not. Do your best to summarize the email in the subject line. This also makes filing and retrieving emails faster. Work On Yourself, Finding Yourself, Getting Dumped, Do Your Best, Getting Things Done, I Got This, Have Time, Letting Go, Lets Go

Unplug yourself

Those electronic devices you're hooked into all day long every day can be a huge time suck. You know, stuff like the computer, the smart phone, even the television. You can get more done by shutting off your connection to the outer world just for short periods of time. Besides, it's not natural to be hooked in all the the time.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Shift your mindset

Shift your mindset from Keep to Delete. Assume that every email and paper that comes to you will automatically be deleted or trashed once you've read/acted/deferred it. Keep only the exceptional stuff.

Make your subject lines clear. People scan their inbox, and the subject line determines whether they think an email is relevant or not. Do your best to summarize the email in the subject line. This also makes filing and retrieving emails faster. Work On Yourself, Finding Yourself, Getting Dumped, Do Your Best, Getting Things Done, I Got This, Have Time, Letting Go, Lets Go

Search. Don't File.

Instead of having a bunch of folders to file emails, have only one folder. If you have to find an email you have to search anyway, so why not have just one folder to search through. A word search takes less time than all that filing effort.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

How to reduce your task list

Figure out and decide, once and for all, the stuff you're realistically never gonna get done, nor will you ever have enough time to get them done - and get them off your list. It's time to get real, so be ruthless. The trick is to eliminate those of lesser importance so that the really important things can get done.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Organize your desk

A cluttered desk negatively impacts your productivity. Desks are for working at, not for storing a bunch of superfluous stuff. If you use it often, keep it close. Less often? Move it off your desk. Never? Get rid of it. While you're at it, get rid of the junk in your desk drawers too, and use this prime space for the stuff you actually use.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Take a break

Want to save some time in your day? Then take a break from your work. This may sound counter-productive but you can't work at your optimal pace all day long. According to research, consistent productivity must include recovery time. Get up. Move. Go for a quick walk. Breath some fresh air. When you come back, you'll be fired up and ready to get back at 'er.

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. No phone. No email. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on. The Undone, Paper Clutter, Clear Your Mind, Good Notes, Tomorrow Will Be Better, How To Get, How To Plan, Make Time, Getting Things Done

Plan your smart time

Block off an hour of distraction-free time every day - I call it Smart Time. Put it in your calendar as a very important-non-negotiable appointment with yourself. No phone. No email. No people. It's just you and that one task you want to focus on.

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