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Mid-Week Mini Edition

By Maria Gracia
July 26, 2017

  Today's Feature

My Favorite Way for Getting TO DOs Done Faster

Have you ever been to a Jimmy's Johns Gourmet Sandwiches shop? There are a bunch where I live and I stop and grab a sandwich there now and then. I'm always joking that my sandwich is ready before I even order it! That's only a slight exaggeration. I essentially order my sandwich at the cash register, and as I'm ordering, the sandwich makers begin making the sandwich, in assembly-line fashion. One person grabs the bread and adds the deli options and cheese, the next person adds the veggies and other toppings, the next person wraps and delivers. Honestly, I've never had to 'wait' for my sandwich, no matter how crowded it is. I finish paying...and then seconds later, I'm picking up my sandwich and happily walking out the door with it.

One of the reasons they're so 'freaky-fast' (as their whimsical signage implies), is because everyone is responsible for their own 'part' of the project. When you're only doing one thing over and over again, instead of starting/stopping/and re-starting, you become a lot more efficient at that one part, and therefore can do it faster and better the more you do it.

Think about it this way. Let's say you're sending out wedding invitations that have many pieces (the invite, the reception card, driving directions, the RSVP card, the little piece of tissue paper that often accommodates them, etc.), the envelope, address labels for the recipients, return address labels, and postage.

You can grab each insert one by one, putting each in the envelope, stick on an address label, adhere a return address label, adhere postage, and then seal the envelope...but that's starting, stopping, starting, stopping, etc. for the whole process.

If you first collate ALL the inserts, then stick the inserts into ALL the envelopes, then add ALL the address labels, then adhere ALL the return address labels, then affix ALL the postage, and then seal ALL the envelopes, the job will get done in a faster, more efficient manner. It's faster because you're sticking to ONE activity at a time, and becoming super proficient at that activity.

If you have others helping, assembly-line style like at Jimmy John's, you're really going to optimize your speed and get the job done in a fraction of the time than if one person were handling it.

I actually used this method prior to vacation. I had to get four weeks worth of newsletters done, four week's worth of web site updates completed, four weeks worth of social media posts handled, etc...all before I left for my trip. Rather than doing one newsletter, one set of web site updates, and social media posts for one week...and doing a newsletter, web site updates, and social media posts for week two, etc. I consolidated like-items. In other words, I did ALL four weeks of my newsletters first, all four weeks of my web site updates second, and ALL four weeks of my social media posts next, etc.

Once I'm 'on a roll' with something, I can get it done in no time. But if I have to start something, stop, and then start again, that process begins to become disjointed, causing a slow down. It takes time for your brain to get into another mode, versus continuing what you're already doing.

Whether you're cooking, quilting, building something, gardening, working at the office...whatever it is, think about the assembly-line process, and how you can make it work for you to get your TO DOs done faster.

By the way, speaking of being productive, if you're wanting to get more items crossed off your To Do List, I highly recommend The Action Machine. Visit:

P.S. When you obtain your very own copy of the Action Machine, and you do so before Sunday, July 30th at 11:59 P.M., I will send you 5 COMPLIMENTARY EBOOKS valued at over $100.

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  Reader Tip

A Tool to Help You Save and Access Information

A very helpful tool I use is Evernote. It comes in an app for my phone, and I can also access it on my computer and tablet. I keep my 'to buy' notes so I know what I am needing at the store. I keep my recipe files on there so I have my recipes handy on my tablet when I cook something special. I also keep gift ideas on there, gardening notes, party planning notes, other project notes, etc. I love having all that information at my fingertips no matter where I am. And best of all, it's free!

Linda Jacob
Racine, WI

Linda is married, and the mom of two grown children and one adorable grandson. She says, 'Getting organized is a lifelong pleasure that I love to share with others.'

P.S. from Maria Gracia, I second Linda's recommendation. I use Evernote all the time. Google it...I'm sure you'll like it as well.

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  In Closing

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
--Paul J. Meyer

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Maria Gracia
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