1. Do Important Tasks first
If looking busy was a profitable skill to have, I would be retired and rich by now. Of the many jobs I've had, I'd say honestly that in all of them there were times where I was spent looking busy. Doing small, insignificant tasks that would trick myself and my colleagues into believing I was being productive. I'm convinced I'm not alone in this, in fact, I feel there is a global epidemic of 'looking busy'. It's tempting to tackle the little jobs first, such as checking emails but let's be honest, there are more important tasks at hand. Mark Twain said '' if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worse things that are going to happen to you all day long''. Your “frog” is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it. Developing the habit of eating the Frogs at the earliest opportunity. Once the most important task if out the way, you'll feel a great sense of achievement compared to completing a small, worthless job that could have been left to complete another time or left completely.