Who doesn’t want to get maximum results in some areas or aspects in their lives? I mean, let’s just be serious for a moment and be honest to our selves just this once, or may be twice…hahaha.
The following are just techniques, and principles that I have come to know along the way in my journey of finding ways to better myself and my life in general. If you apply them in your life, not only they will simplify it, but also help you get maximum results.
- Single Handling Technique or The Law of Single Handling.
It states, “You will only maximize your performance and potential when you discipline yourself to concentrate single-mindedly on the single most important task from beginning to completion without distraction.” And doing this way, you effectively optimize your output and productivity.
It is one of the most powerful time management techniques that can help you be more productive and effective in completing and accomplishing your tasks and goals. It suggests that when you start a task, avoid all distractions and keep doing the task until is completed.
I know this technique may sound unreal especially when you see other people killing two birds at one time efficiently. But the experts say regardless of it may look, the ability of concentrating on one important task and work on it single mindedly without distraction can triple the quality and quantity of your output and productivity.
I will give you one simple example in dating people relationship area. Which one is a wise decision to make; to date one person at a time until you find your sweetheart, or to date two or multiple people, simultaneously or at the same time and then from them pick one of your choice? I think you have got my point now. Besides, if you happened to date two people at the same time and one of them found about it, he or she is going to leave. And then you will be forced to decide which one to pick and continue dating, unless of course your belief and religion allows you to marry or date more than one person simultaneously, and they are okay about it.
If you have to do something, it’s better if you do it wholeheartedly, and give it your all. Doing two or multiple things simultaneously, chances are, you will do them halfheartedly. In order to get maximum results, you need to give 100 percent of your attention to whatever activity or task you will be doing.
Just remember, if you want to be more effective, concentrate on one thing at a time, one task at a time.
- The 4-D Solution or Formula
That will help you prioritizing and balancing your time and things in your life.
Again, it’s all about finding ways of being more productive, effective, efficient, and successful. And the four D’s are, “Dump it, Delegate it, Defer it, Do it.” Whenever you have a choice to do or not do something, use the 4-D Solution to help you with the decision and to prioritize your tasks, activities, and so on.
Dump it goes hand in hand with trash. It’s the matter of importance; just like your email account categorizes your emails, the dump it will either go to spam or trash categories. Just be careful to not dump good stuff. Some people trash really good stuff. This can be applied in every area of your life. If you can live without it, then it is qualified to the first D of the 4-D Solution. It is as simple as it can be; learn to say “No” to things. No, I don’t want to be part of that, and no, I don’t want to do or try it, and no, I don’t have time for that. Not tonight, today, or ever. Hahaha
Delegate it to someone else and free yourself to have more time to do more important and urgent things. These are tasks that need to be done, but you either do not have time for them, or you need an extra hand, or someone else can do it better than you can, or maybe you are just not interested doing them and so ask someone else to do them. I know a couple of people who really love to cook, and can cook really yummy food, but…they hate cleaning up dishes, or putting them away, back to where they belong. And when they cook, oh my goodness, the dishes and stuff will be everywhere. But trust me, after eating the food they had cooked, you will forget all the mess they made that you had to clean up. I also have already shared about delegation previously in “The Importance of Delegating,” please refer to it for more information.
Defer it or schedule it to do another time. These are the non-urgent tasks, and activities, and anything that is needed, but not in a hurry. If it can wait, then defer it. Yes, you can take a rain check. You can tell that someone who has asked you out for dinner, “I would love too, but not right now I have to finish this project this week, my time and hands are tight, but may be later next week on Saturday…” Schedule a specific deadline or a specific date and time to do things that you need to work on, but just not now or immediately.
Do it now, do not make excuses, and do not procrastinate. Important and urgent things need your attention right away. I was listening to Tony Robbins the other day and he said, “You see, in life lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” Take action now, and do your important and urgent tasks, activities, or things first and immediately. It will help reducing your stress level and save you from lots of regrets.
- The Law of Reciprocity
“If you scratch my back, I will scratch your back.” Can’t you realize there are no such things as free things? Hahaha…I am just joking.
Social psychologists call it ‘The Law of Reciprocity’ and it basically implies that when someone does something nice for you, you will have a deep-rooted psychological urge to do something nice in return.
There are times I would have other writers and authors coming to my blog and website to read and support my projects by commenting on my posts that they happened to like and really felt have inspired them and that they can learn from. Some of them would subscribe to receive my articles and posts directly to their emails. I mean, these are like minded people, who like me, love to read and constantly keep learning. So, anyway, when they comment on my posts, most of the time, I also like to go to their sites to see their projects and work, and of course read their posts. And guess what? I also happen to find something to comment about, and sometimes I will do it as a return of kindness for what they did for me.
When someone gives us something somehow we feel this obligation to give back something of approximately equal value to them.You can try to resist this law, but as a human, you will more than likely still feel that you need to respond in kind to a good deed. And you may not respond by giving back the same kind of deed; you may choose to give something else.
The principle also suggests that others will reciprocate in kind based upon the way you treat them. The world gives you what you give to the world. And it doesn’t have to come from the receiver you have given to; it can come from someone else in the world at another time. Because some people may not be in positions to give you anything back. There is this saying that says, “God has a way to pay people back for their kindness and good deeds.”
Salespeople and all other types of business professions use this law to their advantage to pursue and make consumers buying their goods and services. That’s why people in businesses give you free services, goods, and samples.
The law of reciprocity allows us to receive as a result of what we give or do. Therefore, it can be both positive and negative. Simply because if you harm others or have bad intentions, they may seek revenge or want to get even to harm you in return for what you did. So, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” That is called a Golden Rule by the way, and those wise words are also mentioned in the Bible.
Speaking of the Bible, in Galatians chapter 6 verse 7 to 10 reading from New International version (Galatians 6:7-10), it says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
The Bible also has several scriptures that clarify this law of reciprocity. For instance in the book of Matthew chapter 5 verse 7, the scripture says we receive the same thing we give. Quoting from Amplified Bible Classic Edition, the passage says, “Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!”
The Bible also says in Luke chapter 6 verse 38, reading from Living Bible translation, “For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give—large or small—will be used to measure what is given back to you.” We will receive from others in proportion to our generosity.