Boost Your Productivity Fast Using 8 Super Effective Action Tips
"How do I accomplish more faster?"
"How do I get anything done at all?"
"I am so unproductive that I need your help."
"I'm frustrated that I don't get done nearly as much as I should."
Do you find yourself wishing you could get more done each day?
Do you struggle getting started?
Do you get hung up on the details?
I'm going to show you eight action tips to boost your productivity and finally get more things done in less time.
If you set a goal of completing 30 tasks in a day and you only finish 10 of them, you probably won't feel very productive.
- Your goals should be achievable and make sense within the parameters of your life.
What do you want to accomplish?
Wake up earlier.
Perhaps you need an extra hour to get things done. Try waking up at 7:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m. and see how that works. Plan to use that first hour of each day to finish any incomplete tasks or get minor chores done quickly.
What time will you wake up?
Write down a list of things you can conceivably accomplish in a day. Once you have a concrete list in front of you, it's a lot easier to get started and stick to a plan. This also helps you easily transition between tasks since you won't have to ponder what's next.
- Keep your list and schedule in a spiral notebook. Check off or put a line through each job as you complete it. When you look back at all you've accomplished, you'll feel great!
- Working from a list is not only motivating, but it also gives you a feeling of success.
What will you include in your list?
Pick an hour to work on tasks you've been avoiding.
Only 1 hour. No more. We've all have sticky notes reminding us to do those tasks we find most tedious or those small jobs that seem insignificant. Set aside an hour each day to focus on completing those lingering, annoying tasks. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can get them done.
What time are you free each day?
Acknowledge when a task is no longer necessary.
Sometimes things we put on our "To Do" lists no longer need to get done. Recognize the completion of tasks no matter who does them.
- Maybe somebody else helped out and completed the chore before you had a chance to get it done. That's okay.
- If a task is no longer relevant, it's acceptable to let it go.
- Deciding a project is unnecessary gives you a sense of achievement because you are still moving forward.
What can be crossed off your list?
If you're at the office, let your phone calls go to voice mail for an hour while you get your work done. If you're at home, avoid answering phones or responding to texts during that hour. If you want to keep your momentum going, always stick to your list.
What typically distracts you?
Return all phone calls each day.
After you're done working for the day, set aside time to return any calls you missed. If you keep putting that off, your list of people to call back will continue to accumulate. When you return calls daily, it'll keep your momentum going.
- Although you may not be able to reach every person, always leave a message that you returned their call. At least they'll know that you've made an effort to get back to them.
Who do you need to call?
Acknowledge what you've accomplished at the end of each day.
Look at your list. Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Celebrate the fact that you were effective and productive. Whether you crossed off one large task or seven small ones, you made progress.
What little reward will you give yourself?
Planning and accomplishing daily tasks can be cumbersome and sometimes overwhelming.
However, it doesn't have to be.
Simply follow these eight action tips to start feeling a sense of success.
You will consistently finish the things that you need to get done and your productivity will surge.
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