The chances are if you believe there are too few hours in a day you’re not making the most of your day. 99% of people aren’t making use of the time they have in a productive way. By making some simple changes to your work habits you can grab more time and make the most of your work time.
So how can you boost your productivity right now?
Schedule Your Time
Multitasking is not a good thing. It’s the most common misconception about being productive. Multitasking slows you down. Completing tasks one at a time means you’re less likely to make mistakes and you get more done.
The reason people multitask? They have no structure to their day.
Solve this by creating a solid schedule of tasks. Start with the hardest tasks and steadily work your way down that list. Such a simple change can have a big difference on your mindset and make you more ordered.
Stop Checking Email/Social Media
Every time you check your email or Facebook it can take you up to 30 minutes to get back to what you were doing. Employees spend so much time every year just checking emails, and these messages are rarely urgent.
Get into the habit of blocking email and social media outside of certain parts of the day. Start your day and end your day with these tasks. Set up an automatic message telling people that if something is urgent they should call you. You’ll be shocked at how much time this saves.
Learn to Delegate
Managers and anyone in leadership positions tend to be more likely to try to take on every task by themselves. They think that they should handle everything because they’re the best people for the job. Most of the tasks you complete every day can and should be delegated.
Spending the extra resources on delegating will free up more time for you to take on important challenges. Basic things like making appointments and calling back less important clients should be delegated.
Value your time more.
Keep Up the Big Picture
Do you know that a ton of time is wasted panicking over the small details within a project?
Unless you happen to be a surgeon, most of these details don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Yes, you need to get things as perfect as possible, but don’t lose sight of the high-level view. Keep your eyes on the big picture and focus on the next big stage of the project instead of concentrating on the details.
Take a Break
The brain can only function for a small amount of time before it stops taking things in. Learn to sit back and take a break every 60-90 minutes. You’ll be better equipped to work hard if you do it in short bursts. The least productive people tend to be the ones who work for hours without a break.
Conclusion – Start Training Yourself
Begin training yourself to be more productive today. Making little changes right now can make all the difference. What do you think is the best way to be more productive?