Ben Franklin became a prolific inventor once he learned to set goals and prioritize.
- Spend 10 minutes each morning prioritizing your tasks.
- Spend 20 at the end of the week reviewing work for the next week.
- Ask yourself, “which of my to-do’s are important, not merely urgent?”
Here’s a simple drill to test your listening skills.
- Close your eyes.
- Count slowly to 50.
- Don’t let another thought enter your mind.
Use this exercise to improve your ability to concentrate on a person who’s speaking, without your mind wandering.
Tighten your writing by reducing the number of words you use:
- Use “now” instead of “at this point in time”;
- “to instead of “in order to”;
- “list” instead of “make a list of”;
- “looked” instead of “took a look”