We all only have 24 hours in the day. And we are always trying to make better use of each and every one of those hours. Would you like to know how you can maximise your time so that you can get more done in fewer hours? Then read on.
1. Get started early
Are you a freelancer? Or do you work for a large company while sitting in a cubicle every day? No matter your work conditions, everyone has to deal with procrastination. It is easy to get distracted with your own thoughts, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, coffee breaks, or even emails, whether you work from your couch or someone else’s office.
If you want to be productive, you have to get started early. This means not letting yourself get distracted in the morning with all the little things that you really don’t need to be doing. If you are a freelancer, this has an even deeper meaning: get up early in the morning rather than sleeping through your best working hours.
2. Work on the boring and hard things first
Everyone can fall prey to the thought that your day will just go so much better if you ease into it with some light, easy, and trivial work. Don’t do it! Your day will really be much better if you push through that boring and challenging work first thing in the morning. Then, even if you have to work for ten or 11 hours during the day, it will feel as if you were only working eight (so long as you save the easy work for the later hours).
3. Create a to-do list
Create a to-do list even if, once you write down all of the things you need to do during the day, it all seems overwhelming. It is useful to see all the things you need to accomplish in a single day. Especially if you manage your to do lists in the order in which you need to complete your tasks. The process of writing down what you need to do focuses your thoughts and keeps them from running around in your head as you try to mentally keep track of what you know you need to do. Plus, crossing off each item as you complete it makes you feel accomplished!
4. Take a break
Stretch your muscles and your eyes. Get up and walk around. You will feel rejuvenated and get blood flowing to your brain. Just don’t take too long a break; instead, take several small ones throughout the day if you can.
5. Do what you love
If you enjoy what you do, you will be more productive. You will want to keep working at it, even if that means putting in long hours.
6. Just do it
Of course, if you want to be productive, you have to just buckle down and do the work. You have to just do it.
How else would you increase your productivity? Let us know in the comments below!
Photo: Sean MacEntee / Flickr