The most productive people are the ones that ruthlessly cut away and eliminate unproductive and unimportant activities from their life.
This tip goes for both your work and your personal life. Think about everything you do at work. Is it helping you accomplish your career goals? Is it busy work, or is it something that will actually contribute to the bottom line? Is anyone actually using this information anymore?
Now think about everything outside of work and ask yourself how important it is. Does this bring you closer to your dreams? Does this create any real impact in your life in the long term? Is it focused on what matters most to you? Is it the best way to spend your time?
If you answered ‘yes’ to all of these questions, AWESOME! Keep doing it! If you answered no… It’s time to cut it out of your life. If you want to create a career and life that you have always imagined, there is no time and no point doing something unimportant.
How many times have you found yourself in this situation: You are updating a report that someone said they wanted over a year ago. You update it faithfully every week and send it to the distribution list. It hasn’t been talked about or asked about for at least a few months. Come to find out, nobody really looks at or cares about the report anymore, but you’ve been spending a couple hours every week updating it and wasting time you could have spent on much more productive activities.
These are the activities that need to be ELIMINATED from your day and life.
What about other activities at home or work?
- Are you watching too much TV?
- Are you using social media too much?
- Are you worrying too much?
- Are you spending too much time chatting with co-workers?
- Are you attending unproductive meetings?
The list could go on and on! What unimportant thing can you identify and remove from your life starting today?