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Focus Concentration Clarity: Always keep an eye on your own goals

Successful people often consciously decide against a whole series of things. They analyze where their strengths lie and what they should rather leave behind.


However, this is only possible because you have an exact idea of ​​which objectives they want to achieve. And everything that could prevent them from achieving these goals is deliberately deleted and avoided.

Decide to stop doing certain tasks or habits. That's what the emergency-to-do list is all about. Take a moment to think about how to spend a normal eight-, ten-, or twelve-hour workday. What do you waste the most time with? Also, consider how much time is lost each day.

Consistently omit

The items on this list should be things that you deliberately do not want to do anymore, because they are of no use to you, because they rob you of energy and waste your time.

These include, for example, unproductive habits that you should definitely turn off to become more efficient. For example: Never answer incoming calls directly.

The example with the calls

Every incoming call causes an unwanted interruption of the activity you are working on. Let your answering machine become active or divert incoming calls to an employee.

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If you do not have one, hire a secretarial service to at least answer your incoming calls. This applies to an increased extent for anonymous calls, ie calls in which no phone number is displayed.

3 iron rules

So from now on, make the following principles for the iron rule:

  1. Never answer calls if the number of the caller is not displayed. In the meantime, it should be possible for anyone who is seriously expecting you to talk to him to transfer his number.
  2. Never answer calls when the number of the caller is displayed and you know very well that it is time to make a call.
  3. Never track missed calls unless a good reason is left on the answering machine. "Call me back!" Is not an important reason, by the way.

Come to the point

Do not let others distract you. This is easier than you think: Say good-bye to loved habits. And keep yourself brief.

Forget the popular phrase: “How are you?” When someone calls you. Use a instead Opening address like, "I'm finishing an important assignment, but what can I do for you?"

Be demanding

By doing this, you are encouraging others to get straight to the point. To the question: "Do you have a short time?", Answer in principle with: "How long exactly?"

And when the person you are talking to has stated the time frame, reply: “Of course. Is it convenient for you at 17.12:XNUMX p.m.? "

Never mail in the morning as the first or in the evening as the last

The habit of starting the work day in the morning is short eMails to check, a conceivably unsuitable start dar.

It can mix your most important priorities and actual plans for the entire day.

eMails can wait

Your mails can usually wait until 10 clock, after you at least an important point of your to-do list done, best of course your most important task.

In the evening, on the other hand, e-mails cause insomnia or overtime because they are answered "quickly" shortly before the end of the day. That is anything but a successful end to the day.

Stop working at the weekend

This also applies to the weekend: Do not take home work on Fridays. Either way, you do not touch them anyway, because you spend quite a different time during the weekend or you do not have the spare time you need to recharge your battery.

Either way. At the end of the week, you'll probably have a guilty conscience.

Leave the work where it belongs

You can avoid it by leaving the work where it belongs: in the office. The good news: If you use some crucial strategies, you have earned the free weekend.

However, if you are a workaholics, start carefully with only one free Sunday per month. Then slowly extend that time. Yes, including your cell phone and emergencyebook contain work and are also taboo on weekends. Facebook on Sunday evening? How unfortunate. Stop it.

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