Our days grow longer and the work loads grow heavier putting increasing pressure on each of us to increase our personal productivity. There seems to be no end in sight to the seemingly daily challenges we face that test our work productivity. Looking for productivity improvement in any area to help keep up with ever growing work demands requires examining our own use of time. The problem in fact that most of us are facing is more in the way we schedule our work loads than it is in the amount we have to do.
Here’s 5 suggestions that can be implemented to help better manage your use of time when scheduling your ‘to do list’ to help increase your work productivity.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
As simple as this may sound far too many put off the start of their days assuming they can make up the lost time later. If you are looking for some sort of productivity improvement the first place to start is here. Get a jump on the day while your mind and body are the most rested and productive.
Prioritize Your Tasks
Either the first thing in the day or preferably the day before you want to ‘organize and prioritize’ the days work schedule.
In order to make the best use of time you should establish 2 to 3 things you want to get done that day. Avoid the temptation of overloading your schedule since it will only disrupt your focus and as a result lower the quality of effort invested along with your work productivity.
Establish Set Hours
Establishing a time schedule puts you on notice NOT to waste any time during the course of the day. Knowing you only have so much time to accomplish your scheduled duties will help you maintain your focus thereby making better use of time. Normally everybody works more efficiently when under pressure and setting your work hours like this will prove to accomplish that thus allowing you to accomplish more and experience greater success!
Limit Email Time
Unless it is urgent or work related avoid this time guzzling activity or schedule just so much time to review your email. The best time to ‘manage’ your email is during the hours where you may seem to be less productive. Always make the most of your energy and ability to maintain focus along with other strengths to be as productive as possible!
Organize Your Work Space
If your work space looks like a cyclone hit it than it is time to organize the mess! All the clutter and disorganization will only serve to distract you. The key to productivity improvement is focus and a messy work space will challenge your abilities to maintain your concentration.
An environment like this also makes it more difficult to locate anything which leads to more time invested in your search. Get organized!!!
With more demands being placed upon our personal productivity due to increasing work responsibilities it is up to all of us to make better use of time. In looking for a productivity improvement anyway we can locate it, the answer may in fact be found in how we schedule our work. The 5 suggestions offered above focuses on making better use of time as opposed to trying to find MORE time to manage our work loads. Taking a closer look at how you schedule your efforts and revamping your approach will likely help boost your work productivity. In the end you have now recaptured both your productive ways along with your sanity!