Is your productivity suffering? Whether it’s from distraction or lack of time management, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you get more done. Because the truth is that the more efficient you are, the better results you can expect.
You may not know where to start, and that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere. Use the following tips to help you get your work done faster.
set realistic deadlines
Even if we don’t like them that much, deadlines are necessary for productivity. Deadlines keep you focused on the end goal. they keep you from procrastinating and putting tasks off for longer than you should.
But it’s also important that you not get overwhelmed.
Set realistic deadlines for yourself that will help keep you on track.
- Have a daily to-do list that supports your weekly goals and the overall plan completion
- Create a sense of urgency by understanding which tasks are a priority, which are difficult to complete, and which will take more time than others
- Plan to complete each task/project ahead of time – and give yourself a cushion to ensure you’re always on track
- Maintaining a productive pace by time-blocking and dedicating focused time to task execution
avoid being all over the place
It can be tempting to want to work on several things at one time. Especially when you’re juggling many different projects at home. However, multitasking usually doesn’t increase productivity, it actually slows you down. Try focusing your time and energy on completing one task at a time. You’ll find that you’re able to be more productive and get more done.
Distractions are everywhere, especially when you’re working from home. Complete projects faster by eliminating distractions and more focused time to complete outstanding tasks.
- turn off your phone
- check email communications at specified times
- work in a quiet space
- don’t check social media except when taking breaks
You can get your work done faster by being prepared for the situation.
- Make sure you have what you need
- Create a milestone checklist so you’ll know where you are in the process at all times
- Have an organized, quiet, distraction-free work environment
For example, if you own an online boutique, have an inventory tracking system, a secure payment gateway, and a way to collect contact information from your customers.
Or, if you manage a fleet of vehicles, consider investing in a multi-user navigation program, tracking devices, and a fuel service like fuel in a box.