In business we are always trying to squeeze more work into the same amount of time. Have you ever found yourself wondering how you could be more productive than you already are?
I certainly have and here are 5 ways I helped myself find three additional hours a week by being more productive. Let me share them with you.
Turn your phone on mute while you are working
Use a stopwatch to see how long tasks take you to perform
Use noise cancelling headphones
Turn off notifications on your computer using a software application to block you from using online applications
PC News recommended two FREE desktop applications called “StayFocused” and “KeepMeOut” blocking you from url’s that distract you from meeting work deadlines or schedules.
Prioritise your tasks
What are your most important tasks for each day and then organize them accordingly from top of the list to the bottom.
Realistically set a firm number of tasks on the top of your page as your most important 3-5 items for that day.
At the end of the day, if you get your top 3-5 items accomplished and hopefully, you will still feel productive for the day
Become paperless using business tools like Evernote to create to do lists
List your must do items first
Then your urgent items next
With the less important at the very end
Batch simular activities together
Sit down and plan how your perfect productive week would look like
List all the tasks that need to be completed
Batch similar tasks together to become more productive
Switch from one type of activity then to a completely different task in a systematic manner.
Schedule Time Alone
One priority you should schedule in is to make a firm appointment for some alone time. and stick to it
Allocate time to listen to podcasts, read a book, brain dump ideas and blog.
Ensure that you focus on your health by setting time aside for mediation, exercise or stretching.
Eliminate / Automate / Delegate
After you have scheduled all your tasks in the order of their priority, it is time to eliminate the irreverent duties that do not add to your income.
Any items that just sit at the bottom of the list, you need to decide if they really are that important.
If you need them done, but you procrastinate over them as they are not a strength of your’s. Then, stop wasting space and delegate those tasks by outsourcing.
Go to https://www.fiverr.com and give that activity to someone who does like to do it.
Automate what activities you can.
As an example :
Social media can be automated by using Hootsuite, rather then live tweeting, LinkedIn updates or other platforms you might frequent.
Look at upgrading your Hootsuite account if you are using the free option and automate the posting. Use the time saved to interact with your peers / followers online.
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