Being more productive with your time can significantly benefit you in both your work and your personal life. Everybody has the same 24 hours every day. The key to being more productive is in how you use this time. Here are three tips to help you boost productivity:
1. Time block
Time blocking involves blocking out specific windows of time in every day for certain tasks. The concept is based on Parkinson’s Law, which is that:
Work will simply expand to fill the time available for its completion.”
An example of a time-blocked day would be to set aside half an hour each morning for responding to emails, an hour for a strategy meeting and half an hour for a conference call. When you dedicate time to a single task with no distractions or procrastination, you’re more likely to get it done to a higher quality and on time.
2. Organise thoroughly
It’s simple – you can’t work effectively until you know what you need to get done. Some people love to-do lists, some hate them. But nobody can deny that you need to have some record of tasks that need completing. We’re only human, after all, and forgetting important tasks can be frustrating or even costly, depending on the importance of the task.
Whether you choose to jot a list down on paper, or use an online to-do list like Wunderlist or eisedo, keeping a written record ensures that nothing is pushed to the side and ignored. Aim to spend some time every morning outlining what you need to achieve that day, and stick to it. Remember that there will always be some unexpected issues, so it’s a good idea to allocate time to deal with potential problems. That way, instead of having to drop every other important or urgent task that needs completing, you’ll have time scheduled to work on the new task too without falling behind on the others.
3. Prioritise ruthlessly
Most people finish organising their workload and then end up sat wondering where to start. To make any genuine progress you have to prioritise your to-do list. That way, you know what you need to do first.
You may have an idea yourself and choose to order your list accordingly. But, if you don’t know where to start or you simply don’t have the time, you can use eisedo to save yourself a job. eisedo is a new platform that will automatically prioritise your tasks for you.
The basis for eisedo is the Eisenhower Matrix, created by President Eisenhower himself. His methods for time management and task management have been studied by many due to his well-known ability to be highly productive. You can sign up to join the invite list here.
Once you establish which tasks are a priority and which can be put on the back-burner, you can work efficiently and be sure that you’re making the most of each day.
Do you have any productivity tips that work especially well for you? Give your thoughts in the comments below.
This post was originally shared on the eisedo blog here.