Ever feel like you’re working as hard as you can, but still falling behind? Everyone knows that time management skills are the key to staying organized and productive. But, the truth is that there are always new and better ways to get things done. The following five tips will help you get more done in less time, so you have more hours left over at the end of the day (or week) to do whatever it is you want to do!
1) Do it now
If you can do something in two minutes or less, do it now! This simple hack has helped me quickly get small tasks out of the way to focus on more important things. For example, if there's a pile of papers on my desk, I'll start by dealing with the ones nearest to me that are easy to do. Once they're done, I move onto another pile, starting from the other side of my desk and working my way back toward where I started. That way, all piles will eventually be dealt with, and one doesn't have to look at them anymore!
When you have a lot on your plate, it can be tough to know where to start. That's why it's important to prioritize your tasks. Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to sit down and list what needs to be done. Then, start with the most important task and work your way down. You'll be surprised at how much you can get done when you focus on one thing at a time!
3) Plan your day
- Start by creating a list of everything you need or want to accomplish in a day.
- Once you have your list, prioritize the items by order of importance.
- Take care of the most important tasks and work your way down the list.
- If you find yourself with some extra time, use it to tackle smaller tasks or take a break.
4) Limit distractions
One of the best ways to be productive is to limit distractions. This means turning off your phone, closing social media tabs, and doing anything else that might pull your attention away from what you're trying to do. When you're focused, you can get more done in less time.
5) Delegate tasks
One of the best ways to get more done in less time is to delegate tasks. This means giving tasks to others or hiring someone to do them for you. Delegating can be tough if you're used to doing everything yourself, but it's worth it in the long run. Here are a few tips for delegating effectively 1) Determine what tasks you should not do at all and outsource those; 2) Create clear, detailed instructions for the person taking over your task; 3) Set specific deadlines and timelines so that your new assistant knows when they need to complete their task; 4) Make sure that they know what your expectations are and provide feedback often.