How productive do you think you really are? Answer this: have you ever started working thinking you are productive, only to look at the clock and realize it’s hours later – and you still have nothing accomplished for the time you spent?
Well, maybe a little something… After all, you learned a thing or two when reading all those different articles and certainly you made a friend or two happy when you chatted with them on Facebook. And certainly repinning all those yummy looking recipes will come in handy later, right?
It’s time to break the ‘wasting time working’ habit once and for all. Here’s how:
Know when you are most productive. Every person has times where they can get the most done in the least amount of time. Knowing when that is for you, can really make the difference in using the time you have wisely. And once you figure it out, honor that time as sacred: no disturbances, no distractions… just good productive work time.
Know how much time you can take. Just like knowing when your most productive hours are, you should also know how long you can normally focus on one thing. Most people can go full-throttle work mode for about 25 minutes, then start being getting antsy. But everyone has a different time – some less, some more than the 25 minute mark – and it can vary throughout the day. The key is to use that time and then take a quick 5 minute or so break. Giving yourself regular breaks will allow you to get back into the work that you need to do.
Use your ‘down time’ to your advantage. Schedule less productive tasks for your least productive times. For example, waiting for an appointment is a great time to surf the ‘net, read blog posts and contribute to social media. Or use your lunch time to catch up on your reading.
Create a plan and stick to it. Schedule out your day, and use time blocking to help you plan what you will do when. It helps you keep focused on the things that matter and ultimate become more productive while wasting less time.
Eliminate those things that distract you. Have a need to check your email every time you are notified you have a new message? Turn off the notification. Tempted to keep your Facebook stream active while doing other work, so you won’t miss anything? Don’t. Turn off your browser and get to work.
Frankly, you don’t need to be on top of everyone’s details when what you really need to be on top of is your own!
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