Personal Growth

Oprah Has Simple Advice on How to Get More Stuff Done

She didn't become one of the wealthiest, most influential people on Earth by accident. Oprah Winfrey has an exhausting Rolodex of projects and accomplishments under her belt, and somehow she continues not only to stay afloat, but thrive. Lucky for all of us, she has pretty simple advice on how she gets so much done.

The Time Is Now

It goes without saying that Winfrey is a wildly busy woman. The self-made billionaire runs an empire that includes her OWN television network, her production studio Harpo, O The Oprah Magazine, and, famously, her award-winning daytime talk show that ended in 2011. In a 2015 interview with Fast Company, Winfrey shared what she considers one of her biggest productivity secrets: being "fully present." For her, that means the opposite of multitasking (which is basically impossible to do anyway).

"That whole thing about multitasking? That's a joke for me," Winfrey said. "When I try to do that, I don't do anything well." (Nobody does.) Adopting "radical focus," as described by Fast Company, is what allows the media mogul to be thorough and thoughtful in each and every task.

Take Winfrey's advice by consciously moving one step at a time throughout your day. "I have learned that your full-on attention for any activity you choose to experience comes with a level of intensity and truth," she says. "It's about living a present life, moment to moment — not worrying about what's going to happen at 3 o'clock and what's going to happen at 7 o'clock."

Let It Go, Let It Goooo

But not only is it unrealistic to think you'll be radically focused on your mission 24/7, but it's also unsustainable. Even Winfrey can't subscribe to that. Another lesson we can glean from Winfrey is her ability to trust in the people around her and let go. Imagine if Winfrey oversaw every single thing that has her name plastered on it. Hello, nervous breakdown!

In fact, Winfrey meditates daily and lives a staggering two hours away from her office to allow herself space and time. While not at all practical for the average Joe, this move can be applied to your life in other ways: Just loosen up on your reins where you can. "I try to surround myself with people who really know what they're doing, and give them the freedom to do it," says Winfrey. Nobody likes a micromanager, so don't be one.

(Bonus tip: The Eisenhower method is a tangible productivity hack that spells how exactly how to delegate tasks.)

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Written by Joanie Faletto December 7, 2017

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