I am so lucky to have the opportunity to speak to people across the country. I returned to one of my clients, an automobile assembly plant, to deliver a day-long productivity seminar.
However, I wasn’t the only productivity expert in the room!
The #ProductivitySuperheroes who participated in the seminar had these great tips to share with you:
- Clear your head every night before bed by making note of all of your undone tasks. ~John
- Use Outlook Tasks! ~Maggie
- Do task mapping to determine what comes first, second, etc. ~David
- Use Outlook Rules to automatically file certain incoming messages. ~Michael
- Prioritize your emails and always take good notes. ~Tammy
- Make a list so you won’t forget what you need to do. ~Alan
- Use a weekly planner. ~Jaime
- Use Excel to make Gantt Charts for projects. ~Albert
- Put reminders on your calendar. ~Alice
- Make checklists every day. ~Anna
- Pay attention to your peak productivity times of day. ~Sarah
- Color-code incoming emails to help you prioritize your responses. ~Lise
- Use Outlook Calendar and Tasks. ~Patricia
- Never be without a to-do list. ~Scott
- Use Microsoft OneNote as your memory bank. ~Ovie
- Have one notebook where you write down everything. ~Earl
- Make lists – on paper preferably. ~Angie
- Break down your priorities into 2 – 3 “must dos.” ~Philipp
- If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it immediately. ~Matt
- Get things out of your brain and onto your lists. ~Jill
- Separate your task list into daily, mid-term, and long-term priorities. ~Flachsy
- Checklists and spreadsheets are huge helps for tracking tasks. ~Cicero
- Keep your top 3 – 5 goals in front of you every day. ~Angel
- Standardization and consistency are your friend. ~Hamp
The theme of the list above is…make lists! I love how these folks recognize the fallacy of trying to remember all of the things we have to do. Our brains weren’t built for that!
I salute these #ProductivitySuperheroes and look forward to my next visit to the plant.
This article is a part of my #ProductivitySuperheroes series where I profile people who are exceptional at managing their time, tasks, information and/or life in general. If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you admire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Melissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at email@example.com or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.