If you’re not accomplishing as much as you’d like at work, give your day an overhaul. Simply adjusting a few habits can majorly increase your contributions to the team and help boost company profits. Ending the workday with a major sense of achievement will feel great and inspire those around you to look for ways to boost their own output level.
Schedule Your Time
It’s not uncommon to start a task you think will take 10 minutes, and an hour later you’re still working away on it. Consequently, other assignments you need to complete go by the wayside, because there aren’t enough hours in the day.
When creating your to-do list at the beginning of the day, include a time limit for each item. This will help you keep track of time, so you can better manage your workload. Budget in extra time for the unexpected, because you never know what surprises the workday has in store.
The ability to focus on your work is the key to success, but your day is likely filled with interruptions. Keep these to a minimum by turning the ringer on your phone off, disabling email notifications and politely asking people who stop by when you’re in the middle of something to come back later. You’ll be amazed at the level of output you can reach when you’re able to work distraction-free.
When your work area is a mess, it takes longer to accomplish everything. Put an end to this by getting organized once and for all. Create a system of order for papers on your desk and force yourself to file them away immediately instead of allowing them to pile up. Use the same approach for documents on your computer — organizing them in folders — so you know exactly where to look when you need something.
Learn to Say No
Even at your most productive, there are limits to the amount of work you can complete each day. Keep tabs on your bandwidth, and push back on requests when you’re at capacity. Get your priorities in order, as it’s better to do really great work on a few projects, than mediocre work on many because you’ve spread yourself too thin.
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