If one of this year’s resolutions was to be more successful within your business, but you are struggling to identify areas where you can achieve these goals look no further. Below are some ways in which you can achieve this and make this year your best yet!
DO NOT MULTI-TASK
It’s all too easy to jump from one idea to the other when juggling multiple tasks at a time. However, the problem with this is that true productivity on any task only occurs once you make it your only focus. Moving from one to the other you break your chain of thought and always need to get back into the true productive flow with any one job. So, the way of properly eradicating multitasking is with good scheduling and time management. Make it clear in your daily diary what needs to be done and then allocate specific time slots to each task. Only once each once is done can you move onto the next thing.
PRIORITISE THE MUNDANE
Everybody has jobs in their daily schedule that they don’t like doing and that they continually avoid and come back to later. The problem with this is that part of your mind will always be dreading those upcoming tasks, or feeling guilty for having put them off in the first place. Instead, make the tasks you least like doing your first jobs of the day. Then, once they are done you can effectively move onto everything else and not be constantly reminded of things you don’t want to do.
Taking breaks is in no way a bad thing. It allows you to re-energise and refocus your mind for the day ahead. Don’t fall into the cycle of just ploughing through your to-do list with no rest. Your productivity and focus will quickly drop, and you’ll end the day getting less done. Instead, focus on having a short break every hour. Get away from the desk, the dog, do yoga or something that you know will relax you and clear your mind. You can then start to assess what you will get done in the next hour.
DO NOT HAVE TOO MANY TABS
Do you know someone who you believe is properly productive at what they do, then next time you’re with them, look at their computer screen. It’s likely they only have open on their screen what is most crucial to them at that time. You, on the other hand, may be falling into the trap of having 10 to 20 tabs open at any one time. This shows a lack of focus and opens you up to a larger number of potential distractions. So, start being critical and only leaving open what is important for the task ahead.
Routines are the bread and butter of any daily schedule of many of the most productive and successful people around. It’s like by getting out of bed the same time every morning and going to sleep at the same time – you will train your body to be more energised at the right times of the day. So, you should do the same with your daily tasking schedule. Get similar jobs done at the same time each day and take timed breaks at the same intervals as well. Over time, your body and mind come to expect and appreciate this routine and be more productive when it needs to be.
USE PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS
There are so many tools out there which are great for encouraging you to be continually focused and more productive. Whether this is pre-programmed reminders of what needs to be done, or an all-in-one cloud storage system like Dropbox which allows you to access your work from anywhere when you need it, productivity tools are a powerful addition to any working schedule. Speak to your colleagues about what tools they use and identify problems in your daily schedule that are curbing your productivity; no doubt there is an app or website out there to help you.
HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
If you are performing a given task and it has seriously over-run the amount of time you know it should have taken, then there is only one person to blame for that: yourself. Don’t make excuses like “the meeting over ran”. Instead, define how long every task should take you and when it should be done by. If something or someone is going to steer you away from that deadline then don’t do that task, or inform your colleagues that you need to leave the meeting early or help them when you are done. Be accountable for your own schedule and don’t blame others.
TRY, FAIL AND TRY AGAIN
The most crucial element of improving your productivity is being critical of yourself and assessing what is working and what isn’t. You should be trying innovative ideas to become more productive, but be self-aware enough to know that, when one isn’t working, stop doing it and try something else or seek further information. This won’t happen overnight but is instead a trial and error process that takes time and effort to achieve, so be willing to put in the work.
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