Ever feel like your work days are just lasting far too long? You’re not alone—there have been studies indicating people have become less productive despite working more hours than ever before. But we strongly believe that being productive is about making the best use of your time, not necessarily working for a longer period of time.
Here are some ways you can get the most out of the hours you work and ultimately shave a significant amount of time off your work day:
- Start early. Even if you’re not necessarily a morning person, your body is at its most refreshed early in the day. If you add an hour to the beginning of your day, you’ll likely get enough done where you can take even a couple hours off the end of your day. That’s how much most people tend to lose focus after a certain point in the afternoon.
- Tune out distractions. Set designated break times at which you can check your email, your phone and anything else that might otherwise distract you. Outside of these break times, it’s important to stay as focused on your tasks as possible so you can actually get them done in a reasonable amount of time. If you are working online, try to limit the amount of tabs you have open, as more tabs tends to mean more distractions.
- Prioritize your tasks. We tend to put off bigger, tougher tasks as long as we can, choosing instead to take on easier and more enjoyable tasks. But if you want to get the big tasks done more efficiently, make them the first thing on your to-do list. That way, you can save the quick and easy tasks for later in the day when your motivation is starting to wane.
- Stop multitasking. If you’re doing multiple things at once, all that means is you’re giving a small chunk of your attention to each individual task. Instead, put together a list of everything you need to accomplish and give each item your full attention in turn. This will improve both your efficiency and the quality of your work.
What other tips do you have to help people be more efficient with their time at work?
by Christine Kelly
CEO and Queen Bee | Viral Solutions LLC
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