Many people look at their workdays and wonder how they can get more done in less time. Although delegation and outsourcing may not always be an option, there are ways to get more done in less time and with less effort. Check out these productivity tips.
1Take A Break
One great way to get more done in less time is to stop. That's right, stop! If you're overworked and stressed out, you won't get nearly as much done, and you're more prone to silly mistakes and illness.
Sometimes, you need to take a break and completely separate yourself from work. You'll find that taking a break is just what you need the most - even if it seems to be the opposite of what you should be doing. The best part: once you come back to the task, you'll feel refreshed and more creative!
2Make A List Of Priorities
You need to make an organized and frequently updated list of priorities. When you prioritize outstanding tasks, you'll suddenly find that all of the work on your plate is really manageable. You can prioritize using letters or numbers, so you can clearly see what needs to be done and when it needs to get done.
3Combine Similar Tasks
The next thing you need to do is combine tasks that can be done at the same time. For example, plan out your errands so they can all be done in one trip, instead of multiple trips throughout the day or week. When it comes to working, you can group similar tasks, that require the same tools or resources, so they can be done more efficiently. Since you have already organized your priorities, you'll be more aware of what needs to get done, so you'll be able to combine similar tasks better.
4Get Help From Others
You can only do so much alone, so ask for help! You will be able to accomplish much more with less time and effort when you work with other talented people. You may be able to ask a colleague for help or even hire your own personal assistant from a freelance website, like Elance. It's not as expensive as you think!
Having an assistant can help you regain your time and save your energy, so you can get the important tasks done. Give your assistant trivial tasks and save yourself for the rest. You also may find it fun to have someone working with you on a shared task or goal.
5Use The Power Of Affirmations
Affirmations are another tool that can help you get more done with less work. These simple statements can help you maximize your time by focusing on the positive. For example, in moments when your work seems overwhelming, you can say something such as, "Each simple, completed task propels me towards success." Repeating these affirmations will give you a positive state of mind that may just be the extra push you need to get more done, with less work, and in less time.
Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."