Grabbing Control of Those Daily To-Dos

June 21, 2012

The following blog post is part three in a four-part blog series about Peter Bregman's book “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Rights Things Done.”
By: Kathryn
In previous blogs, I examined the first two sections of Peter Bregman's book, “18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Rights Things Done,” which focused on looking at the world around us and how to gain focus in your life as a whole. Now, I want to zoom in and look at how to accomplish those bigger goals.
Basically, Bregman states that it comes down to being disciplined, methodical and structured. Yes, that sounds boring and unappealing, but it is this sense of routine that makes you get through the day without pulling your hair out. When my twins were born almost six years ago, our lives went from spontaneous to structured and scheduled. My routine has relaxed a bit as the kids got older, but the core of it remains the same. These same principles need to be applied to work.
You're probably thinking, “That's great, but I do that now and things still get away from me.” Well, who doesn't face that issue of being overwhelmed with to-do lists? The key to success, according to Bregman, is to continually refocus. By taking one minute every hour to refocus our energies, five minutes in the morning to review the to-do list, and another five minutes at night to review your day, you keep yourself on track and within a structure that allows you to accomplish what you set out to do.
I'm implementing this 18-minute daily procedure into my work life. I'm making progress—baby steps you could say – but they're all pointed in the right direction.
What methods make you more productive?

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