There are countless ways to be more productive. Making ‘to-do’ lists and working in 30-minute increments are two common approaches. However, some productivity methods work better than others and can save you time in the process.The key is, being more careful about what you want to pay attention to.
Here are the tips
Plan the night before
Before going to bed, always take time to prepare for tomorrow. Look at your schedule and see what appointments you have or deadlines you need to meet.
Wake up earlier
When you wake up early, you have more time to plan and get organised for the day ahead. Completing tasks on your ‘to-do’ list early on frees up time later in your day.
Figure out your main goal or objective
Decide what your main goal or objective is — think long-term. The main reason people lose track of their time and day is that they don’t have a clear objective or goal. So, if something comes across your desk that doesn’t match with your goals, it’s a pretty firm and easy to say, “No, not right now.”
Create a calendar system that works for you
Create a calendar system that works for you — then use it and check it several times a day. As the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”
Break down your tasks into smaller steps
Break down your goals into smaller, daily action steps. Once you do that, you know exactly how much you need to make on a daily basis and you can plan your day accordingly.
Set aside time to answer emails/messages
Productivity requires staying focused, so have a set time to answer emails/messages. If you answer an email /message every time it pops up, you will never get anything else done. Answering emails a few set times a day will make a huge difference in productivity.
Limit distractions so you can stay focused on the task at hand. This means not just limiting your use of social media, but also not having 15-minute conversations in the break room as a form of procrastination.