Increase your productivity – Step 4: work more efficiently
“ Do not say you do not have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours a day as Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein » (H. Jackson Brown Jr.). Do you know people who rush from one task to another? Maybe you want to do as many things as them. However, have you ever observed what they have actually accomplished? You might be surprised to discover that in that busy life they have, they can’t do as many things as you thought. Instead, they may just find themselves nurturing the idea of being busy around the clock and wasting their time on unimportant tasks as a result. This is a good time to read the first article in this series,
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The best way to manage time is to work more efficiently rather than spending more time or effort at work. How can you do it?
Plan, plan, plan
Maybe the idea of planning scares you, but give it a try. It may be the most important change you can make.
- At the end of the day, when you have the work for the next day clear in your mind, take a few minutes to make a general plan of what is to come. Aj ú state to this plan as much as possible.
- Use a calendar like Google Calendar or an organizer like DayViewer . Set limits for each task so that you don’t spend too much time on a particular job. You may be surprised to see that you can complete a task within a much lower limit than it would have taken you before.
- Keep your deadlines in mind and add them to your calendar or organizer. You can even finish before the deadline, so you have extra time to make revisions, changes, etc.
- Allow time to take a break between tasks. About ten minutes should be enough. Shorter breaks will not allow you to rest, but if they are longer, you may have trouble getting back to work.
Focus, focus, focus
Many people take pride in saying that they can multitask, as if that means they can do more. In fact, studies have shown that multitasking can lead to fewer tasks being completed.
- When planning your work day, prioritize important tasks and work on them first rather than putting them off later.
- Focus on each task in your plan at the time you have allotted for it. Have a large clock in sight to be aware at all times of the time you have left for each task.
- Set alarms 10 to 15 minutes before the limits so that you put more effort into completing the task towards the final stretch.
- Don’t get hung up on details that don’t matter. If you do, you will be wasting your precious time on something that is not effective.
- Get rid of whatever wastes your time. Check out the tips we give you in Increase your productivity – Step 2: eliminate distractions .
These tips can help you enjoy what you do instead of hating it. If you don’t enjoy your work, it’s time to ask yourself how you can change your daily routine so that you feel happy to get up each morning to do your homework.
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