How to Become a Lot More Productive
By Sandy Schroeder
Do you come up short on production every day? In spite of your best intentions, you may not be moving along as fast as you would like. One way or another the day just gets away from us and we head home tired and frustrated.
Managing time successfully, learning to say no, and drawing lines really can make a difference in your day and overall work performance wherever your job is, according to Forbes.
You may be running your own show in your business, or putting in long days to climb the corporate ladder. Either way, you need to skillfully manage your work to get the most out of it.
Start working better with these tips.
Knock off all of the two-minute tasks - Of course many jobs will take much longer, but you might do well to polish off the small tasks quickly whenever you can. For longer ones, you can take two minutes to shape the goals of the task so it will be ready when you are.
Take breaks to avoid burnout - Just powering ahead until you are exhausted can be very unproductive. Pace yourself with strategic breaks to keep your spirits and your energy up. Your work quality will remain high and you may be able to successfully work longer.
Create manageable goals - Take a look at your projects to see how they can be broken up into smaller tasks that will give you more control. Checking off each one will give you a better idea of where the project stands and take some of the worry out of the project.
Pick the best times for big projects - If you are a morning person, use those fresh high energy morning hours to tackle your biggest tasks. Or if you are a night owl, close your door in the afternoon and devote some uninterrupted time to the project that needs it most. Keep experimenting with the best times. You may find an hour of quiet time at work before you head into the office will give you the best results. You know yourself best.
Stay flexible - Keep looking for smart production tips that let you process routine work faster, keep the door open for new project ideas, and provide the most feedback on how you are doing.
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