If you are wondering how to have more time in your day while increasing your productivity, here my best list of 37.5 Ways To Be More Productive that I have utilized to increase my productivity and become more effective.
1. Read books on getting things done. I recommend Brian’s Tracy’s book: Eat That Frog – 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.
2. Set a timer for each of your tasks.
3. Eliminate all distractions.
4. Improve your typing speed to save time.
5. Take a break. You can’t always work at your optimum productivity level. Why not work in two to four hour spurts at your most productive times.
6. Protect yourself from unnecessary phone time by utilizing the caller ID feature.
7. Opt for direct deposit. It will save you from a number of trips to the bank.
8. Distractions should be avoided, but sometimes a bit of music in the background can help you focus.
9. Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. For me, it’s the morning. Determine your prime time and optimize your work schedule accordingly.
10. Keep a notebook and pen at hand at all times. This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos, and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. This way, your subconscious mind won’t be reminding you about it every other second.
11. Plan out all of your meals a week ahead and make your grocery list accordingly. This will save you quite a bit of time and money.
12. Step away from the computer. To increase your productivity, try to do as much of your work offline as possible.
13. Love what you do. Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.
14. Complete your most dreaded tasks first thing in the morning. Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning.
15. Just start. Often times, starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours.
16. Write out a to-list each day. I like to plan my day the night before. This way, I can get started on my most important tasks as soon as I wake up.
17. Exercise. Research has shown that midday exercise boosts productivity and morale in the workplace. Take a short walk at lunch to maximize your productivity.
18. Organize your office. The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up systems, and dumping the junk.
19. Tell other people about your intentions (goals). It will instantly make you accountable.
20. Learn to say “No”. We can’t do everything and therefore we must learn when to say no in order to save our sanity.
21. Outsource as much as possible. Here are just a few of the companies that will help you outsource your everyday tasks:
22. Take shorter showers. This one may sound silly but it’s actually something I struggle with. I spend up to 30 minutes in the shower. Think of the time I could save simply by speeding up a bit.
23. Go on an information diet. Most of the world lives on information overload. We must eliminate mindless Internet surfing. Stop reading three different newspapers a day and checking your RSS feeds multiple times a day. Otherwise, you’ll never get anything done. The key is to limit yourself only to information that you can immediately take action on.
24. Find a mentor. By modeling after those who have already achieved success, you will save yourself a lot of time and energy.
25. Write your most important tasks and to-dos on a calendar.
26. Learn keyboard shortcuts and create keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey.
27. Get up early before anyone else. Nothing beats a quiet house.
28. Don’t multitask. Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. For optimum productivity, focus on one thing at a time.
29. Reward yourself for finishing a big task.
30. Shop online whenever possible to avoid going to the store.
31. Batch similar tasks like blog writing, phone calls, email, and errands into a single batch. You will save time by completing similar tasks in one session.
32. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time. By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.
33. Cook your meals in bulk so that you will have plenty of leftovers. Avoid having to cook everyday.
34. Learn to speed read.
35. Use a Tivo or DVR to cut an hour-long television show down to just 40 minutes.
36. Turn off the TV. The average American watch more than 4 hours of television every day. Over a 65-year life, that’s 9 years glued to the tube. Turn off the TV and you will get more out of life.
37. Listen to educational audio books while you’re driving to work, cleaning the house, exercising, or cooking dinner. Audio learning has the power to add hours to your day. Not to mention, your cranium is sure to thank you for it.
37.5. Focus on result-oriented activities. Pareto’s law states that 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the input. This means that 20% of your actions result in 80% of the results. Find the 20% that is creating the 80% of your desired outcomes and focus solely on those activities.© Copyright 2013 Laureen Wishom