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4 Ways to be More Productive

We all wish we could be more productive. If there was a magic pill we could take to suddenly increase the number of hours we could do productive work, many of us would have no hesitation on swallowing it down. Unfortunately, there is no such magic pill out there that can increase the number of tasks we can get done in the day. However, there are many ways that you can change your workday so that you can become more productive.

Here are four ideas to help you increase your productivity and become a happier, healthier worker bee.

Delegate Tasks

Delegating tasks is one of the best ways to increase the amount that you get done each and every day. Think about it: How many hours are you spending on monotonous or tedious activities that someone else could easily handle without too much explanation? This is especially true if you’re a business owner or an independent worker who has to make all of the business’s decisions on their own. Handing off these tasks to a co-worker, an employee, or even a virtual assistant could make a huge difference in the way that your day goes.

Make a Reasonable To-Do List

Even though you may have a million things on your plate right now, the trick is to not think about completing them all at once. If you make yourself a reasonable to-do list that can actually be accomplished within the coming week or month, then it makes it a little less overwhelming to tackle. If you overwhelm yourself with a giant to-do list that can never be conquered, you’ll find yourself scrolling through Twitter more often or twiddling your thumbs and avoiding the tasks.

Track Your Time to Look at Patterns

The best way to increase your productivity is to look at what it’s currently like right at this moment. Use an app or a simple timer and a notebook to help you keep track of what you’re doing at any given moment during the day. Once you can get a good sense of how you’re spending your time, you can look at ways to cut out extra things or notice what you’re spending the most amount of time on. Having a big picture idea of how your time is spent will help you improve your time management going forward.

Work Less—No, We’re Not Kidding

It seems counterintuitive, but one way to get more productivity out of your day is to work less. We’re not condoning slacking off, but working too hard can actually make the time you spend working less valuable than if you were to give yourself a break every once in a while.

photo credit: o.tacke

 

Posted on October 24th, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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