If you have a deadline of 1/9 for a project, set your own deadline for
15/8. By setting your own deadlines you can complete more projects with less
stress, all while proving your capability as a professional. Plus, if you do
fall behind, you'll have an extra buffer of time to get your work done.
Don't juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Even if you have lots of
work on your plate, avoid jumping back-and-forth between tasks. You'll be more
effective and get more done by following the "FOCUS" method: Follow
One Course Until Success.
3. Hand Write Your To-Do List
Mobile apps are great for to-do lists, but they can get lost in your
mobile device. Instead, write yours out by hand and post it somewhere you can
see it. Segment your list into three categories: tasks you must complete,
projects that are necessary, but not time-sensitive, and minor items, such as
email follow-ups, that can wait.
4. Use Your Commute Time
Turn down the radio on your drive to work and focus on matters at hand.
Plan your work day and decide what you'll tackle first. On the way home, review
your work day and assess how it went, and mentally work on tomorrow's to-do
5. Download the Right Apps and Plug-in
Apps can really help when it comes to time management. For instance, Ever
note is great for note taking, Toggle can help you identify where you're
spending your time, and Drop box’s cloud service is great for backing up
documents. If you frequently fall prey to Internet interruptions, such as
social media or fantasy sports leagues use a plug-in like Stay Focused to block
access to tempting websites during working hours.
6. Do Undesirable Tasks
First Think about the daily responsibilities you dislike the most, then commit
to completing those tasks as soon as you get to work. By getting them done
first, you won't dread them throughout the day, and once they're complete, you
can focus on the work you actually enjoy.
7. Get in Better Shape
Improving your physical health and getting adequate sleep can actually
make you more productive. By exercising and eating right, your brain will feel
sharper and you'll be more energized to tackle tough tasks. Join a gym near
your work and squeeze in a workout on your lunch hour. This combats
mid-afternoon slump and also ensures you won't have to find extra time to
exercise outside of work hours.