This article is inspired from one of the lessons that I learnt from Mr. Dave Crenshaw’ statement used in the LinkedIn Learning Course ‘Enhancing Your Productivity’
The moment I heard, “Think of your success as a Hot Air Balloon. Every activity that you perform whether it’s valuable or not is one more sand bag, one more piece of weight to the balloon. I you have your work day balloon loaded up with 15 or 20 different kind of activities, you are going to find it very hard to get off the ground.”
I could easily see my own daily routine being presented with his simple sentence. I could see how in the process of trying to do everything, I end up doing nothing. It’s only because I fill up my brain with so many tasks in hand that I feel like I must do all of them at once and it would only impact my efficiency in the times to come.
That is the reason, I believe focusing on one thing makes a lot of difference. You may have an intention to do numerous things but you will end up doing nothing if you spend most of your time switching between different tasks.
I have identified some of the ways in which we can keep our Hot Air Balloon light which are as follows:
- Schedule Priorities instead of looking for priority tasks out of your schedule: I was always of the opinion that we must have a schedule of every task that we do. But turns out, I ended up spending most of my time clearing off the tasks that were not important. Instead of complicating your list, we must list our priorities before creating a to-do list for other tasks.
- Focus on one task at a time: Usually we feel that we are good at multi-tasking and are multi-talented. It may be true but it takes time to reach that stage. Hence, it’s important for us to focus on finishing one task and then move to the other one.
- Keep a distance from distractions: In this era of digital world, we may get distracted with a little notification of an email and this can actually effect your efficiency in a negative way. Hence, you must stay away from distractions especially when you are doing something very important.
I hope this article helps you to clear off the weight from your Hot Air Balloon and lets you to reach heights with your consistent efforts towards your dreams.
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