A time saving technique

Focus on priorities

What do you need to get done?

The right state of mind to start your day.

“Mise-en-place”(everything in place).

Where do we put our attention when we first open our eyes in the morning? Are we focusing on priorities? Making sure we stay within is critical. The first few minutes of the day are ideal to remain connected to the super-conscious mind, where all is known and is today. It helps us focus on priorities.

In fact, using up the morning to settle the plan for the day and the week ahead is beneficial as it is during that silent sitting that the mind is calm and connected.

Mini-planning personal sessions

As Ron Friedman, at “Managing Yourself” column, of the Harvard Business Review today, said:

“What’s the first thing you do when you get to your desk? Check email and listen to voicemails? This is the worst way to start the workday. Instead of automatically going into reactive mode and focusing on other people’s priorities, begin your day with a brief planning session about what you need to get done.”

A technique mentioned in the article is to take time to plan out before beginning any task. Chef Anthony Bourdain applied this approach in the kitchen. It is an excellent long-term time-saving technique. It allows you to focus on priorities. Thus, on what is important versus what you think is “urgent”.

“The moment you sit down, ask yourself: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved? Thinking this through will help you distinguish truly important tasks from those that only feel urgent. Determine what to focus on, and then break down these tasks into specific actions and goals. Think about how to prioritize your list, and try starting your day with tasks that need the most mental energy. Adapted from“How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day” .

Ron Friedman, HarvardBiz, HBRMgmntTip.

We receive lots of information daily. Many of it is vital towards success. However, how much of it do we put into practice? Focusing on priorities will help us settle for what matters to our heart and soul. Thus, making our Self happy.

In search of the highest truth,

Bindu Dadlani

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