grateful for a productive day using some very simple productivity techniques learnt from Ed Dale who I am fortunate enough to have been tutored by.
If you have a ‘to-do list’ a mile long here’s how to make the most of your time.
Firstly get a notebook and brain dump 5-10 things from each of your ‘projects’ onto a page – just one page. Then on a new page under the heading ‘5 things I must do today’, write the 5 things you absolutely must do today.
Then you’re going to make use of a concept called ‘Critical Focus Time’ (Tim Ferriss calls it Minimum Effective Dose – MED)
CFT is a set amount of time that you focus on just one thing. You do that one thing and only that one thing for the whole of the CFT time.
Set a timer to say 15 minutes – 10 is a bit too short and no more than 25 minutes, hit go and just do that one thing until the alarm goes off.
Then you stop, take a 5 minute break, do something completely different, then you do another CFT.
repeat until task 1 is done
repeat until task 2 is done
until you have done all 5 tasks.
What if you don’t complete all 5 tasks?
tick off on your list the ones you have done, then start tomorrows ‘must do’ list with the task(s) you did’t finish today.
CFT works by creating an artificial deadline to which somehow our brains respond to – have you ever had months or weeks to do something but you put it off and put it off until the very last minute, but you just managed to get it done in time? You were using CFT.
Try it, it’s very useful and you’d be amazed at how much you really can get done in 25 minutes.