Set 90-day goals instead of yearly
This will push you to get more done in less time rather than procrastinating and trying to do everything at the end of the year. It also allows you to change gears faster in case something does not go as planned instead of being married to the goal all year.
Research has shown that spreading your attention across multiple tasks decreases the overall effectiveness. Focus on one task at a time and do that task effectively and completely.
Practice the “two-minute rule”
If something comes up that can be handled in two minutes or less, take care of it right then and there. If it will take longer, put in on your list and handle according to priority.
Get feedback from others
It never hurts to run ideas across others. This can be a great time saver especially if you are not seeing the most practical way to approach something. Consult a trusted friend, boss, mentor, or expert to make sure
you are headed in the right direction.
Evaluate what you can delegate, outsource, or eliminate
Take time to analyze your daily activities to see if some items can be done by someone else cheaper or more effectively. This can give you more time to do things you like, are skilled in, or are passionate about.
Plan your schedule
Either the night before or early in the day, write down the things you need to do. Prioritize your list so you can take care of the most important tasks. Keep in mind that priorities change, so be flexible and make changes to
the list as needed.
Take time to recharge
We get busier all the time. To be your most effective, you need to take time for yourself so you will not reach burn out. This means taking breaks throughout the day to re energize in addition to taking extended days off and sabbaticals to keep you fresh and ready to get back to it! Your production will be better when you feel rested.
Clean your desk before getting started
Tidying up your workspace before will give you a boost that can push you through the day. There is just something about having a clean slate! This will save time because you will be able to find what you need faster too.
Learn to say no
We all want to keep people happy and not disappoint them. However, there isn’t always enough time to accommodate the plethora of requests. When your schedule is full, respectfully decline additional requests. People may not understand at first, but they will learn to respect your time.