With the beautiful summer right outside your window, it can be hard to focus on work. Here are three simple tips that will help you get more done now without having to stay late at the office.
Ah, the classic advice – make a to do list. Well there’s a reason this advice is so popular. Because it works! No matter how great your memory, writing down what you want to accomplish for the day will help you stay focused on your plan.
To get more done, you have to minimize your distractions. Delegate or get rid of any tasks you don’t really need to accomplish today. If you find yourself getting distracted by side conversations, put on some headphones to drown out the noise and help you focus.
At the beginning and end of each day, you should prioritize. When you get to the office, you may have emails or new tasks to add to the list. And before you leave, you’ll have items to cross off. Taking the time to prioritize will help you knock out the most important items first, which is the best way to work. When new items come up throughout the day, decide if it needs to be done right then or if it can wait to be prioritized at the end of the day.
If you’re up on the latest research, you already know that multitasking isn’t actually possible. Multitasking is really switching back and forth between many tasks, which, in reality takes longer than simply focusing on the task at hand. Instead of trying to multitask, write down anything you need to do that comes to mind throughout the day. Then tackle one item at a time.
I can’t stress this one enough. To be productive, you need to get enough sleep. When you’re working with no energy, you won’t get as much done and will likely make more mistakes. If you like to start work early, make sure you go to bed early. If you like to work late, you should sleep in. Whatever you do, figure out what amount of sleep makes you feel best throughout the day and be sure to get those hours in every night.
Now that you’re armed with these productivity tips, get to work. The more you get done now, the more time you have to enjoy the day!