Completing High Value Work Instead of Wasting Time with Low Value Work

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Stop Doing Busy Work that Is Not Productive

I don’t mean to trivialize the important question of how you achieve your work. Have you thought about what work you do that is not productive? Let’s spend a few minutes on this topic.

Are you losing money? Did you know that the more that you work on low quality or low value things, the more you are losing money? How much time have you wasted on working on low value things? Everyone has both high-value activities and low-value activities. But the best of the best concentrate their time on high-value, high-return activities, and delegate low quality responsibilities to others.

Too many people feel that at the end of the work day you’ve not accomplished what you really needed to achieve. I know that a lot of executives. The difference between high value work versus low value work can make a bi9g difference to your bottom line. Unfortunately, many of the activities you do during the workday is not high valued.

The more you spend on low quality or valued items, the less time you have for everything else. Yet, the more time you spend on high quality or valued items, the more you need to delegate the minor things the better for you.

Some use the mornings to complete high-valued work. If you’re not working on high-valued activities, you’re most likely wasting time. By working on low quality/valued work, you are losing money by not creating products to generating money-making revenue.

Make Time for the Work that Matters Most

“Stop wasting your time looking for the key to happiness… the door is open and unlocked… just walk through it.” ― Steve Maraboli

By working on the things that matter most depends on the times and effort you put into them. How much time and energy you spend on the things that are really important to you allows you to concentrate and focus on what you need to complete.

Low value activities, including responding to notifications, emails, booking travel arrangements, reacting to emails. Wasting time can sometimes camouflage as real work. Low-value activities keeps you busy and stops you from getting real work done. Make time for work that matters most to you. Wasting time can sometimes camouflage as real work. Low-value activities keeps you busy and stops you from getting real work done. Make time for work that matters most to you.

Prioritize Your Tasks

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” – Goethe

Eliminate or delegate unimportant tasks and replace them with value-added ones. What do you do best? High-value tasks contribute to your long-term mission, values, and goals.

Choose 3-5 high priority tasks. Then choose 1-2 items to work on each day. Write down a list of what you do & divide them into high quality/value & low quality/value. Then start with 3-5 high quality/valued items to work on. See how much you accomplish.

The high-valued tasks you work on helps you and your business be much more effective. This includes creating systems and processes for greater efficiency, meeting prospective business clients, and closing deals or completing mergers and acquisitions.

Being Productive Versus Being Busy

When People Ask How You Are, Stop Saying ‘Busy. Productive people evaluate the pros/cons before doing something. Being highly productive is a core skill for professional success. It’s what separates the high-performers from the low-performers.

Being productive is your key to success. What are you doing that keeps you productive, not “busy work”? Being highly productive is a core skill for professional success. It’s what separates the high-performers from the low-performers.

Instead of filling up the time with tasks (usually ones that don’t really matter), productive people are selective about what they choose to do and plan strategically about when to do it. This typically results in a shorter to-do list with items that are actually completed effectively by the end of the day.

While busy people are focused on any action, productive people are focused on the clarity and purpose of each action. Being proactive with your emails needs you to not get caught in a reactive mode,

Action Steps

“Don’t begin the activities of your day until you know exactly what you plan to accomplish. Don’t start your day until you have it planned.”

— Jim Rohn

Do an audit of your business activities to determine what your High-Value Activities are.

Productive People focus on clarity before action and have very few things on their To-Do list.

Busy People ask, “What else can I add?”

Productive People ask, “What else can I remove?”  At the beginning of the day, they determine what needs to be their most important tasks of the day, in line with their goals.  Then, throughout the day, they take time to review their priorities and eliminate or delegate anything that doesn’t align with their vision.

If you want better results, replace low-yield work with high-value activities. How much time do you spend on productive work? Conduct an audit of what tasks you do during the day and write them down into 2 groups. Low value tasks and high value tasks. Which ones produce high impact that generate revenue for you and your business?

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