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Working on your to do lists or filling in your Eisenhower matrix is a good start to prioritize your work and to be effective and efficient.
What most people tend to forget is to be equally clear on what to say 'no' to.
The advice from the Inc. article below about identifying your intentions and priorities for the day may sound simple, but it's very powerful!
Related article: "Forget about Your To Do List. Focus on What Not To Do!"
1. Spend the first few minutes of your day visualizing the ideal outcome. (...) "The first 10-30 minutes of a leader's day are what set the stage or foundation for the rest of the day. This is the time when you establish your "intentions" for the day. If you don't establish your priorities, you know darn well that other people will do this for you." 2. Identify 2 to 3 top priorities for the day. "These priorities should support your goals for the week, month, quarter or year. In this way, you know you are always giving yourself an opportunity to take action and advance your important goals." After that, you need to say no a whole lot more. (...) "The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything."