Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

How-to: Get Things Done Without Losing your Sanity

By Rigdha Acharya on Sep 19 2011 • Filed under How-To

To-Do Chart to help you get things done (Photo)

It’s a rare entrepreneur who doesn’t need 10 extra hours in a day. So the first thing you need to realize is that having a lot of projects going on is normal for the situation you are in. All of us entrepreneurs feel the pressure of way too much to do and much too little time to do things in.

However, the time you have is the time you have. No one has figured out how to have more than 24 hours in a day. So the focus then shifts to how to best use the time you have.

Focus on Quality not Quantity

Be sure you understand the money making, business growing activities in your business. Invest most of your time in those.

Learn to distinguish between important and urgent. Urgent is getting your clothes from the cleaner before it closes. Important is making 10 prospect / customer contacts a day. Returning a phone call from your best customer is both urgent and important. Resist the urge to be dominated by the urgent instead of the important.

Draw a box and put a vertical line down the middle and a horizontal line across middle. Label column 1 Urgent and column 2 Non-urgent. Now label row 1 Important and row two Non-important. You now have four boxes. Write each of your to-dos in one of the boxes. Spend some of your time on the Urgent/Important activities and then most of your time on the “Important” activities. If you find that you have too many Urgent/Important activities, it could be a warning sign that you are going to burn through your time, effort, energy and money resources very soon. Watch that box carefully!

The Secret of Life is One Thing

Yes – doing one thing intently is the path to peak productivity. The human mind works best when it is focused. It's okay to have a backup task at hand if you get stuck on the first, but pick up on the backup task only when you're really stuck.

Now, if you want to chuck something at me and scream "Yes, but . . . I've got umpteen things to do!" remember that the key to productivity is to prioritize and get the most profitable tasks done. Pick the one that gives the best return on your time and energy. Do that one. And then the next one. And then the next.

Owning / running a small business is a marathon, not a sprint. Marathons are run step-by-step, one after the other.

Feeling better?

Great! Now maintain your momentum. I’ll see you next month with more strategies to help you increase your productivity and profits. Until then, send me your questions or comments below.


  1. This is excellent advice. I get so caught up with multi-tasking that I sometimes short-change both my team and myself. Focusing on one thing at a time is probably the best way to go. Great post — thanks for sharing it.

  2. Great to know that Silka!

  3. very good lessons I learn today

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