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40 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Links: Day 11

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Blindly stumbling through your work is not the preferred method of operation. Knowing where you’re going and what you have to do will mean the difference between success and a whole bunch of wasted time. Today’s tip is about one simple thing that you should do prior to starting anything: ask yourself ‘What is my goal?’ If you can’t clearly answer this, then it you should take some time to evaluate what you’re doing to make sure it’s what you need to be doing.

Determining your goal for any activity should help you to clarify your purpose and get you to think about your actions. Decide what your goal is before you send an email and you’ll write a shorter, more focused message that your recipient will respond to quicker. Make sure you know what your goal is before you conduct an experiment, otherwise there really is no point to do the experiment. If you find yourself wasting time, it may help to ask yourself whether or not this is helping you achieve your goal (whatever that may be). If it’s not, then reshift your focus onto something more important and worthy of your time. Everyone’s time is precious, and taking a short moment to clarify your focus will help you waste less of yours, and others, time.

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Written by Taylor M.

March 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Posted in Productivity, The Basics

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