Friday, July 11, 2014

Productivity Tips to Start Your Day

When doing any kind of project, whether it be cooking a meal, building a tree house or applying for a mortgage loan at the Lake of the Ozarks, you need to get all your ingredients and utensils, supplies and tools together before starting.  The same principle should be applied to your work day.  If you just jump into a task without preparing for it, you may forget something or get distracted making that task take twice as long as it should.  Planning before your day begins often makes all the difference in the kind of day you'll experience.  Start your day off right by following these 4 steps, to maximize both your time and productivity!

1. Don't Check Email Yet - Checking your voicemail and email first thing in the morning tends to make you reactive right away, losing focus and being diverted from productivity. 

2. Begin with the End in Mind - Take a moment to distinguish the urgent tasks from the important ones.  What do you want to accomplish by the end of the day?  What needs to happen so everything is completed?  

3. Make a Plan - A short planning session is all you need to help keep focused on your key tasks and goals for the day.  You should develop a daily to-do list using verbs.  For example, instead of listing "Presentation," use phrases such as "Collect Sales Data/Charts," "Find Images," and "Draft Slides" so that your key actions are covered.  

4. Prioritize Tasks - Take your to-do list and place the tasks in order of importance.  Consider attacking the most challenging items first.  Studies have shown that we have less will power as the day progresses.  

Use these tips to help achieve more goals through better morning planning!  Then pass them along to your team to create a more productive environment.  No matter if you're a teacher, doctor, athlete or mortgage lender at the Lake of the Ozarks, planning your day could be the key to a successful day and career!    

I would love the opportunity to help you manage your Lake of the Ozarks Mortgage Loan or refinance.  Give me a call at (573) 746-7211 or send me an email at with any questions you may have!!

For Lake area news, resources and tips on financial services, please 

Michael Lasson
Sr. Residential Mortgage Lender
NMLS #: 493712

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B
PO Box 1449
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Direct:  (573) 746-7211

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