"I have become so unproductive. How do I fix that?"
"I am such a time waster. It's crazy. What do I do?"
"I need to get more done than I have time for. Any suggestions?"
"Can you help me to be more productive at home and at work?"
For many people ”“ perhaps even for you ”“ learning how to increase your productivity is akin to finding a long lost treasure chest. Why?
Increasing productivity = increasing earning potential.
For instance: if you own a business, taking the necessary steps to increase your ability to deliver your product or service faster will allow you to increase customers and earn more money.
Efficiency and productivity go hand in hand.
The more efficient you are, the more productive you'll be.
Use these strategies to increase your efficiency so you can be more productive starting today:
Create a prioritized schedule for your work.
Whether using a post-it note, Microsoft Word file or Smartphone App, almost everyone has some type of system for creating and editing the classic "to-do" list. These lists are sometimes a hodgepodge of ideas and tasks that need to be completed in the future and not-so-distant future.
- There is nothing wrong with maintaining a to-do list, as it can make the difference between getting stuff done and going crazy trying to keep everything organized in your head. Still, the typical to-do list leaves much to be desired.
- Unlike a conventional to-do list, have a prioritized schedule takes things a step further, allowing you to increase efficiency and productivity.
- This is because prioritizing all of the tasks that you have in front of you while keeping track of a longer term picture of your schedule for weeks to come, will allow you to really figure out what is the most important thing that needs to be done right now.
- If you are creating a prioritized schedule and realize that you have a best friend's wedding in two months, you'll be able to bump getting a dress or tux way down the list, while still making sure to place it somewhere on your schedule.
- A prioritized schedule essentially puts things into perspective, allowing you to figure out what truly needs to get done this very moment and focus on that.
Do you have a to-do list? Is it both precise and prioritized?
Seek out and accept specialized help.
Whether you run your own business or are a stay at home mom or dad, it will save you lots of time and energy at the start if you're open to collaborating with others.
- Bill Gates may be quite capable of developing all of the new programs needed to advance IBM as a company, while working with prospective clients in addition to handling customer service and PR. However, Mr. Gates and most other successful individuals would never be caught doing this.
- No matter how much you can do by yourself, your resources are finitely limited by one single factor that trumps all others”¦ time.
- So, rather than spend 8 hours a day answering phone calls, working on new products, shopping for groceries and cutting your own hair, it may be a more productive use of your time to zero in on the one or two things that give you the most results for the amount of energy that you put into them.
- For example, if developing a new product will eventually double the size of your business by being able to cater to an additional market or consumer demographic, then this is time well spent.
Do you require specialized help? From whom? Are you open-minded enough to accept it?
Paying someone else to answer phones and managing the monotonous things will free up your time to devote to projects that will increase your ROI (return on investment).
Combining this strategy with having a precise, prioritized to-do list will enable you to focus on what's most important for you to get done.
You'll notice very quickly that your productivity and earnings will soar!
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