- BE STRATEGIC WITH YOUR SCHEDULE
We all have times of the day when we seem to get the most done. To really plough through your to-do list, try scheduling the most important tasks when you’re at your most productive in your day. Block out time in your calendar and allow yourself to get into a flow when you work best.
This straight after my creative thinking hour – when all the ideas come flooding and I’m super pumped to tackle them. 5pm when my phone and emails have died down and my brain are in gear, I’m usually on-point because I’m hustling to get finished before dinner.
2. FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME
I know it sounds simple, but I can guarantee you’re not working like this right now. You’ve probably got 3 windows open, a partially-drafted email and a million tabs waiting to be re-visited. You’re clicking from one to the next when they catch your eye, without actually completing the tasks. Your productivity decreases with every extra tab you have open, every click out of that window. If you can fully focus on one task only, you’ll do better work because you won’t be wasting brainpower remembering what 6 tasks you’re trying to juggle and where you’re up to. Start slowly – give yourself 10-15 minute blocks of dedicated single-task tackling, and increase to 30 when you get into a good flow.
3. SET A TIMER
Think about how fast you clean the house when someone announces they’re popping over in 5 minutes. Or when you only have 30 minutes in the gym before work. Do you sit around checking how popular your last picture was on Instagram? Or brew yourself your 6th cup of tea? No. You hustle. The same applies to timed tasks. Limiting the amount of time we have for a task helps us FOCUS and get stuff done. Use your phone, watch or oven timer and with the task in mind, set and work, work, work.
4. TAKE REGULAR BREAKS
Isn’t it ironic that taking time out can actually help you get more stuff done in a day? When you find yourself down a rabbit hole and not really moving forward, get up and go for a short walk, phone a friend or pop to the local cafe. You’ll come back to your work with a new mindset and shit down the crap that was draining your time to start afresh.