“You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé.” — Yes, but are you using them as efficiently? We might be wasting hours of our days in distractions and procrastinations which negatively impact our efficiency and productivity.
But it is possible to get the work done, better and faster, and gain back hours of our life to spend on the things we love the most.
Here are 8 tips you can do every day to boost your productivity and increase your efficiency:
1) The earlier, the better
Tackle the hardest tasks of the day in the morning. When you finish the dreaded work first, you’ll feel much better about your day and not fear what is left to come.
2) Eliminate distractions
We probably spend more time than we realize on the Internet, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And checking your phone every two minutes doesn’t help much either.
So when you're trying to get something done and do it well, put your phone away. Let the people close to you know that you won’t be answering your phone for a limited amount of time.
Try to use an application that limits your social media and Internet-browsing time on your computer.
3) Find your golden hour
Everyone has a different time of day when they feel the most productive. It might be right after you have your cup of joe, around 2 p.m. after your gym session, or at 9 p.m. after you put the kids to sleep.
Figure out what time works best for you, schedule your day around it, and let everyone know that that’s the “me” time you are setting aside to be productive!
4) Carry a notepad with you at all times
We are all human and we forget things! Keep a notepad and pen handy to jot down whatever you want to remember later on.
These can be to-do lists, reminders, tasks, ideas or inspirations. This way you won’t have to worry about remembering things, and can actually focus on what matters in that moment.
5) Use a calendar
Prioritizing your goals and tasks is very important to make the most of your time. Learn to say “no” and always put what matters to you first.