Benjamin Franklin was an author, printer, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, activist, statesman and diplomat. Talk about a multi-tasker! To cope with everything he had going, Franklin developed a list of thirteen habits he knew could bring about positive change in his life and he set a goal to nurture one habit each week for a year.
Here are ten tips based on his principles to help you stay on track:
- Prioritize. Select one or two things that are your highest priority and schedule the time to work on them first. Then, move down your list.
- Focus. Set aside time to work on one thing, instead of trying to cover all things at once.
- Organize. Divide your goals into smaller tasks, achieving success one step at a time as you progress toward the big goal.
- Maximize your day. Pay attention to your physical and mental energy levels during the day and schedule tasks at those peak times.
- Find efficiencies. Look for ways of doing repetitive tasks better and faster.
- Troubleshoot. Keep watch for potential pitfalls and work through possible problems as soon as you can.
- Be honest. Get clear about what you want and what you can handle and then use good communication skills to relay that to others.
- Stay consistent. Don’t be afraid to say no to things that are not in line with your priorities.
- Finish what’s important. Work hard to reach meaningful goals and don’t let unnecessary actions distract you or get in the way.
- Stay calm. Some bumps in the road are unavoidable. Don’t get mad or give up. Dust yourself off, adjust your plan and carry on.
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