1. Set Aside Time to Check Email
Set aside a block of time to check your email, that way you don’t spend more time than necessary reading and responding to other people’s requests.
2. Clean Up Your Work Space
Getting rid of the clutter and papers in front of you will help you to focus on your most important tasks. Clean up your desk, and you’ll have less stress.
3. Create a To Do List
Before you start your day, write down the most important priorities for the day, putting the most important tasks at the top. This will help you stay focused.
4. Say No
If you have too much on your plate and people need favors from you, say no. It’s hard because you want to help them and be nice, but you must prioritize the things you need to accomplish.
5. Stop Multitasking
Allow yourself to focus on just one thing at a time, and you can finish that task much more quickly. By not multitasking, you get more done by knocking one thing out at at time.
When you work out you feel better and get more energy to be more productive. Hit the gym or go for a run, see how it affects your focus.
7. Get a Productivity Coach
Having a productivity coach or a life coach can help you to focus and create a structure so you stay productive. They can also help you remove the blocks that are stopping you from getting things done.
8. Take Breaks
Work for a block of time, such as one hour or 1.5 hours, and then take a short break. Doing this will allow you to keep recharging for longer bursts of productivity.
9. Turn Off Your Phone
As hard as it is, if you really want to get things done, turn off your phone, and it’ll be that much easier to complete your tasks.
10. Don’t Check Facebook
The temptation can be very strong to check Facebook. The bigger trap is when you meant to spend 1 minute checking and you spend 20 minutes browsing. Stay committed to your goals and don’t check until after you’re done for the day.
11. Do Your Most Dreaded Task First
Once you get your most dreaded tasks done, all the rest of your tasks will just get easier and easier. Start hard, finish easy.
12. Focus on Doing What Creates Results
Put aside everything else, except for what gets you results. Time well spent, is used on things that get you the results that you’re after.
13. Get an Accountability Partner
Your accountability partner will check in with you, and ask you if you completed what you said you would. If the answer is no, you’ll have to own up to any excuses that come up.
14. Outsource Less Sophisticated Tasks
The easy and mundane, though time-consuming tasks you do can be outsourced overseas for a low price. This will free you up to do the more important work.
15. Get Plenty of Sleep
When you’re well-rested, you’re more productive. Make it a priority to get a good night’s rest, and you’ll get more done every day.
16. Schedule Your Tasks into a Calendar
Set aside a time for each task that you have to do. For instance, from 10:00-10:30 is time for speaking to customers. That way you don’t get off track and spend too much time on something not so important.
17. Reward Yourself for Finishing a Big Task
Just finished the hardest or most dreaded task on your list? Great job, give yourself a reward! Otherwise, if you never feel the reward and satisfaction, you may not feel as motivated to keep accomplishing.
18. Set Your Overall Goal for the Day
What’s your bigger vision and goal for the day? Start the day knowing what you ultimately want to accomplish, and it will help guide you throughout the day.
19. Review Your Performance at the end of the Day
Write in your journal or rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 at the end of every day. And ask yourself every day, how can I be more productive tomorrow?
20. Uncover Why You Procrastinate
What is the real reason, deep down, why you’re procrastinating? Finding the true answer to this question will help you to address the real issue that’s stopping you from being effective.
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