5 super effective ways you can become a productivity maestro…
1 – SPEND 10 MINUTES PLANNING EACH DAY
Resist just starting work in the morning. Carefully prioritise your key tasks, then schedule a time to get them done throughout the day. Every minute of planning saves 10 minutes later on. Here’s Abraham Lincoln on planning and preparation: “Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
2 – DO THE MOST IMPORTANT TASK BEFORE 11AM
People who are ineffective tend to postpone important or tough jobs. Discipline yourself to get it done early in the day before you get caught up in all the busy work that comes as the day progresses. You should plan your day so that you could leave at 11am and still be able to say you got the important stuff done.
3 – USE A TIMER FOR ALL WORK ACTIVITIES
This helps you in two ways. It forces you to estimate how long every task will take (which aids efficiency) and it helps you get things done much faster when you know you only have a certain amount of time to do a task. Using a timer feels strange at first, but once you see the results of using a timer you’ll be hooked.
4 – FOLLOW THE 80 PER CENT RULE
Perfectionism slows everything down. It’s far more effective to do most tasks to 80 per cent of your ability. That’s all that’s usually needed and you can quickly move on to new work. Yes, there are times when you have to do things perfectly, but most of the time it’s totally unnecessary and a huge time waster.
5 – HAVE A LEAVING TIME
When you know you have to get out of the office at a certain time you always work more efficiently all day. Decide what the ideal time would be to leave work each day and stick to that. You’ll find it has an amazing effect on your productivity.