Bussiness hacks for everyday life: Leaving them out leads to success


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“Successful people do things that less successful people fail to do,” is a quote from writer Georges Simenon. Well. On the other hand, a derivation could be: “Successful refrain from doing things that less successful do.” Failed to be a model for success?

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Omission is successful

Productive entrepreneurs deliberately decide against a multitude of tasks that do not bring them closer to their essential goals!

Our lives kill us with a variety of tasks: reading a newspaper, eMailAnswering, watching videos on Youtube, tidying up, shopping, washing the car, preparing tax returns ... We often lose track of our daily tasks in the morning. That is why we love to-do lists.

The nonsense of to-do lists

We then meticulously record all our tasks, in the naive hope that they will be able to complete them one day. Probably because it so comfortably consciences the conscience, at least, that the unsolved person has at least written down in writing.

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But very soon we have to realize that our to-do list is getting longer and longer faster than we can chop off the individual points. At some point we realize that we only have 24 hours per day and we can not do all the tasks.

Only the most important counts?

So we only focus on the supposedly most important ones. In fact, our to-do list temporarily gets a little shorter until it returns to its original length after a few weeks. Because we have classified more and more tasks as "important" - but still only 24 hours to complete them.

As soon as you ask the question "How can I do it all?", You are lost. You get a guilty conscience and, at worst, heart problems. Face the facts. The pressure is immense and the amount of work cannot be mastered - not even with the greatest effort.

Every decision for something is against something else

Draw the necessary consequences: Delete activities. Mercilessly! You read correctly: Decide not to do things - not now and not later.

The reason is simple: everything you don't do determines what you can do instead. Because every decision for something is a decision against something else. That's why not-to-do lists are often more effective than to-do lists for improving your work performance.

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Turn off unnecessary distractions

It is great to focus on doing tasks, but this is only possible if you turn off all unnecessary distractions. We have the choice:

Either we let ourselves be distracted or we achieve our goals. If you have problems focusing on yourself, you should better decide not to do something.

Distractions prevent the result

Our time is simply too short for us to give our full attention.

Of the "SenseA distraction is to focus our attention on something else. All distractions are basically the same: they prevent a certain result from being achieved.

What's worse

Wirtschaftswoche cites in its headline “Rescue from Info Stress” in issue 13/2008 a series of studies that Gloria Mark and Victor Gonzalez have carried out at the University of California. After that, we can spend an average of eleven minutes on an assignment before being distracted. After that, it takes a whole 25 of minutes for us to be as focused again as before this distraction. This is called the saw blade effect. This will result in around two thirds of our working time being lost.

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Mostly we are to blame ourselves

Above all, most of the distractions that slow down our productivity and efficiency are also self-inflicted.

Because often it is not the tasks themselves, but bad habits that distract us from our goals. Here it is necessary to set up appropriate filters.

Effectively filter

Our computers show how effective filters can be: virus scanners protect us from unwanted “visitors”, spam filters throw emails from our mailbox, firewalls control access to our computer.

But while we equip our hardware on and under the desk with helpful technology, we allow ourselves almost every disorder.

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