Consider the most significant things you have to achieve. These are high priorities. Then think of those things that seem to take up a lot of time and get you nowhere. Those are the low priorities.
Understand what’s important to achieve and do those things first.
Let go of all the busywork for paperwork that accumulates. It’s better for you to stack those low priorities somewhere else and finish the important material than to spend time clearing your desk to get down to the essential things.
You will be noticed more quickly for the big things you achieve than for keeping paper flowing. Do not let co-workers waste your time with chitchat if you have got things to accomplish. Save that for lunch hours or for after work social activities.
Handle paper once; decide the action and finish with it. Keep interruptions to a minimum and delegate responsibilities. Although you’d like to believe you’re indispensable to the job and you’re the only one to take care of many things, you are able to teach someone else and move on to your own goal accomplishments.
What are you waiting for? Few chances are thrown at you; you have to create the right positions and situations to move up. Make lists of things you want to achieve and do them.
If you are busy in an office situation, make daily lists and reward yourself with praise upon completion. Catch yourself achieving.
Center on what you are doing and do one thing at a time. But do it quickly and handle the next thing. Be effective in telephone calls, maybe taking them at appointed times or calling back at your convenience.
Do not generate copies or correspondence that make you look like you’re doing things. Your superiors will know what you achieve. Be busy doing important things instead of writing about what you have done.
And take the time for a workout. It will energize you -not take away from your effectiveness. It relaxes your mind and stimulates your capacity to accomplish.