If you go to bed every night feeling like you didn’t do enough, you’re not alone. Lots of people are just not able to meet the expectations they set for themselves.
Luckily, efficiency is only a single habit away.
It is not as easy as it may sound. The solution that I am speaking of is not a Band-Aid, but rather a life-changing decision that will require a fair amount of sacrifice on your part.
Nothing worthwhile ever comes for free, so let’s take a look at the secret followed by its practical applications in your workplace, home, and life.
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4 Steps to an Efficient Day at Work
To act effectively, first, you need to think effectively. Here are four things that you can do to sharpen your mind and get yourself ready for a productive day.
1. Set Precise Goals
Many people underestimate the importance of goals. ‘I will be productive today’ is not a goal. ‘I will make five sales today’ or ‘I will spend time with my kids’ is a goal. You should start making both short-term and long-term goals which are clear and concise.
Another helpful tip is to write down your goals and take a look at them once or twice every day. It can serve as a reminder of what is essential and help you to not stray from the path.
2. Have an Enterprising Mindset
An enterprising mindset means that you do what’s important right now.
According to the famous entrepreneur his ‘Do it now’ attitude is one of the main reasons for his success. Once you have set your goals, it is vital that you develop an enterprising attitude.
The simplest way to do that is to focus on the most important activities first. You might be tempted to get the easier tasks out of the way before you focus on the more difficult ones, but putting first things first is an important step on your way to an efficient life.
3. Let Your Desire Burn Bright
It is also important to have a ‘never back down’ attitude.
Napoleon Hill in his legendary book Think & Grow Rich interviewed 100s of the most successful people in the US and found the desire for greatness to be one of the few traits all of them had in common.
Once you have the drive to succeed, you will find yourself automatically drawn to actions that help you pursue your goals.
4. Set a Dynamic Schedule
‘The more useful you become, the more your time is not your own.’
Since very few people are efficient, the few who do manage to transcend mediocrity are called for help numerous times throughout the day.
The best way to combat this is by setting up your schedule in an adaptive way.
Rather than having a set time for everything, list out your daily/weekly tasks in your schedule based on priority and get started on the most important one. In case of an unforeseen interruption, deal with it and get back on the horse.
Following a timed schedule is extremely difficult in the modern day and failing to keep up with it will only demotivate you. And in case you need a little more help about your schedule, here’s a useful article: Time Management: Handling Disruptions in Daily Schedules
3 Steps to be Efficient at Home
Remember that your newfound mindset is not just confined to your workplace. Regardless of whether you work 4 hours a day or 14, it is vital to make use of the time you get to spend with the people you care about.
Here are some of the ways through which you can be effective in your relationships to find success not only in the financial world but also in the spiritual one.
1. Find Solutions, Not Problems
Stephen Covey, the founder of FranklinCovey regularly mentioned the importance of a ‘Win/Win’ mentality in his works. When faced with a conflict, a person with a Win/Win mentality finds solutions which work for both parties as opposed to just one.
Winning an argument is only a solution for the party that won, not for the party that lost.
Whether you have a problem with your friends, children, spouse, or parents, remember always to see things from their perspective. Once you understand their viewpoint, you can empathize with their feelings and work on a solution that benefits everyone. A great book that can help you with this is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
This good thing is that this newfound mentality can also be applied to your relationships at work, not only making you more effective but also a more likable and trustable person.
2. Let Your Passion Burn Bright
Just like your workday should be fuelled by desire, your time at home should be powered by passion. It is essential to explore new things and find out what you like.
Activities which make you feel miserable afterward are not your passion. If you feel like you can do better after downing a ton of beer or playing video games for 4 hours straight, it is because you can.
Find activities that encourage you to break out of your shell, and try to do them with the people in your life that you care about so that they can also benefit from the changes that you are making in your life.
3. Reinforce the Process
One more thing to remember is that there are little things you can do to reinforce all that you have learned continuously.
An excellent example of this is making your bed as soon as you wake up. This way, you have already done something that makes your surroundings better within seconds of waking up, and it sets you up perfectly for a productive day.
Once you have successfully integrated the ‘Enterprising Mindset’ in your home, you will start to see the benefits it brings in your relationships at a breakneck pace.
Eventually, you will begin to notice your efficiency rub off on the people around you.
Efficiency: The Secret to Happiness in Life
According to Phillip Fisher’s(Legendary Investor and author) son, his father never worked more than 8 hours a day. The reason why Fisher was able to have such extraordinary success for over 70 years is because the little time he did spend working, he donated it to the maximum of his ability.
A recent study suggests that during an 8-hour workday, most office workers are productive for less than 3 hours. Just imagine how much more could each of those workers achieve with an enterprising mindset.
Remember that I am not saying to stop working for 8 hours. Those who work more usually end up achieving way more too. What we are merely pointing out is that to do more, you need to make your time count rather than sacrifice more of it.
Efficiency isn’t just tied to the workplace. If you decide to work long hours, it is imperative that the precious time you spend with your loved ones reminds you of what is essential in life, and why you strive to make yourself a better as well as a more efficient person every day.
Once you embrace the maximum of efficiency, you will immediately notice vast improvements in your life. However, remember that to truly embrace what I’ve just told you, you need to implement it too.
More Productivity Tips
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- How to Be Productive at Work: 9 Ground Rules
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