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This article is for everyone who’s struggling with endless to-do-lists and wakes up every morning with a sack of duties and tasks to fulfill. I sincerely hope that these tips will help you to become more time effective than ever before.
Write It Down
Every little task and commitment, which you have, ought to be written down. Doesn’t matter big or small, if it’s on the paper it has more chances to be done. In addition, it frees your mind from the attention-sucking job of remembering everything.
Get a Head Start
Make a list for the next day 10 minutes before you go to bed. Write all the tasks that you want to do and then cut them in half. Mark the most important tasks and next day focus on doing them. If there are tasks that you can delegate to someone else, do it. If you prepare in advance, you waste no time in the morning thinking where to start.
Do Difficult Tasks First
There are often things in our to-do list that we are afraid of. Maybe it’s a blog post that you don’t want to write or an unpleasant phone call. Do these unpleasant things first and it will give you motivation for the whole day. This efficient technique is called slaying the dragons before breakfast.
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Turn Off Distractions
Social networks, phone calls, inappropriate people, emails etc. I’m sure you know all that perfectly well. The best performance is achieved when 100% of your attention is paid to the task that you are working on. Make a strong determination not to get involved in any kinds of distractions while you’re working. Turn off the Internet, switch your phone into the flight mode and close your door. This time is belongs to your work.
The kind of dedication described in the previous point requires breaks. When you’re done with your task, take a break! If you work non-stop, your effectiveness is bound to be decreased. A ten-minute break will refresh your mind and you will be ready to continue. Be sure to refresh yourself both mentally and physically.
You probably didn’t expect to see this point, but breakfast is important for maintaining our health. No matter how busy you are, eat your breakfast.
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Get Some Exercise
Healthy people are more productive and exercising makes you healthy. It may be just 10 minutes daily, but make it a regular habit. If you can’t do it every day, do it at least 3 or 4 times a week.
You surely have some commitments that you’d rather reject, but it is too late, because you’ve already said “yes”. Learn to say “no” and it will save you a lot of time. When someone asks you to do something, don’t rush with the answer. Take a deep breath and consider whether you have time and desire to do this. If the answer is “no”, then say “no”. It’s simple!