It usually feels like there are too few hours in the day. What more? You constantly feel like you’re behind, and constantly struggle to move ahead. That particular feeling adversely affects your productivity, morale, and honestly, your health. So, where to seek the solution from?
Sure, you can work longer hours endlessly, but that’s not always the best solution. Bob Sullivan explained, “Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week and falls off a cliff after 55 hours — so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published last year by John Pencavel of Stanford University.”
Instead of yourself to burn-out level, you should try to be more effective at work by focusing on the right things at the right time. If you want to get started for a quick fix, you can try any of these proven strategies listed below.
Develop your routines.
We are all creatures of habit. If you’re able to develop routines, you’ll be able to carry out tasks much quicker since you don’t have to think about it. Creating a prim and proper routine for the entire day should be your aim, but you need to start somewhere at some point, yeah? Allocate time for supplications, family time and some leisure time too!
For practice, you should start with your mornings. In fact, your morning routine is arguably the most important of them all. If you start your day off on the right foot every day, you’ll guarantee a productive workday.
Identify your MITs and trim the fat.
You just landed a huge project with a new client. Naturally, you start to thinking about all the things you’re going to need to do. You crack out the notebook or open up a document and start jotting down your to-dos.
The biggest issue with these massive to-do lists is that they’re overwhelming. Instead of writing down 15 different things, identify your three to five Most Important Tasks (MITs) and execute. For each MIT, you can create smaller subtasks that will help you accomplish your overall goal. The point is, you want to highlight major categories rather than list everything that comes to mind. This will keep you organized and motivated when you need to tackle big projects.
Sharpen up your communication.
Regardless of the project, there’s a very good chance you’re going to have to work with others. That said, it’s imperative that you continue to sharpen up your communication skills. When you do, you’ll be able to eliminate any wasted time from miscommunications and other misunderstandings.
One communication skill you need to master is keeping things concise. Nobody wants to hear your monologue or read your novel of an email. People are busy, so you need to respect their time. If you practice this skill, others will follow and you will enjoy a much more productive and efficient work environment.
Streamline your processes with the right tools.
Thanks to wonderful technology you can streamline just about everything.
When it comes to scheduling, you make better decisions about how you spend time. Most of these tools also offer tiered pricing so you can find an affordable solution that easily scales with your business.
So, if you feel like you need to step things up at work, make sure you use the four strategies listed above!