10 Minute Tasks – Achieve MORE Today

August 20, 2014

A client is running late for your meeting, you’re waiting in the office for a phone call, on hold or sitting in reception early for an appointment. What to do?

Be prepared for the unexpected pockets of time by keeping a running to-do list of those 10 minute tasks you’d like to get done. Keep the list on your phone (apps: Evernote, Remember the Milk,

10 minute tasks - achieve MORE today

Outlook Notes, Google Drive….) or your pin board / whiteboard and utilise these minutes, you’ll be amazed at the extra tasks you’ll achieve that you wouldn’t otherwise have fitted in your day and feel greeeaat!

  • Boost your resources with a recharge. Rejuvenate with a walk, drink of water or some stretching exercises.

  • Set yourself a goal or revisit goals ‘on the go’.  What needs to happen next to move toward success?
  • Tie up some lose ends. They can use energy and concentration knowing they need doing – send that email or look up that link you keep meaning to.

  • Brainstorm! Write down any ideas, uncensored. Sort through them at the end of your time and pick one for action. These can be invaluable for your business i.e. promotion ideas, how to save costs, how you can add value for your customers, marketing ideas, social media updates  …

  • Thank someone. Pick up a phone, write a note, send an email to a friend, assistant, family member, colleague. Let them know you appreciate them.

  • Spring clean your computer files. Once you have set up a file management system it will only take a few minutes to spring clean your computer, avoiding hours of frustration looking for lost documents.

  • Clear your Inbox.  Instant satisfaction!!
  • Pass on some useful information. Sharing resources is a great way to add value for clients and enhance your networking efforts. Share a website link, phone number or article with a prospect, colleague or customer.

  • Send someone in your social media network a one-on-one direct message.  Connect!
  • Clear your desk or do some filing. A cluttered workspace makes focusing on a task more difficult than it needs to be.

  • Make a start on that big project. You know that once you make a start you will gain momentum, so commit to making a start, however small.

  • Jot down a ‘to do’ list. When you’ve got too much on the go there is nothing better than systematically working through a list (a whiteboard works just as well).

Having these ‘extras’ accomplished with undoubtably give you that sense of achievement in knowing you have exceeded what you set out to do at the start of your day.

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Your turn: What is a 10 minute task you could do next time you’re early for an appointment or waiting for a webinar to kick off?

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