1) Organizing tasks
Researchers say that an average person wastes 150 hours each year looking for misplaced things. Imagine how much time and energy you can save if you learn to organise. Being organized makes you more focused. Make a to-do-list, stick to it, batch similar tasks together, plan ahead, get the most important tasks done first thing in the morning.
2) Abandon Perfection
Chasing after unrealistic perfection can eat away a big share of your valuable time. Get a work done, make necessary changes where required and be rest assured to move on to the next task in hand.
3) Fragmenting Tasks
Break your tasks into portions. Smaller portions can be dealt with easily and the satisfaction of getting a job done will give the push to get rest of the task done as well.
4)Leave buffer time
As a rule of thumb, always leave buffer time in between tasks. This lets you be prepared in case of an unexpected turn of events. When you have spare time, you can always make changes and still submit a task without breaking dead line.
5)Take power breaks
Take power breaks between tasks, have a breath of fresh air, engage in a banter with a colleague or two. This not only gives you a refreshing break but also relaxes your body and mind alike.
6) Learn to say No
Do not bite off more than you can chew When you already have your hands full, politely decline the work being offered. There is nothing unprofessional in being truthful.
7) Motivate yourself
People in creative professional, especially can experience periods of mental block; writers can’t write, painters can’t paint etc. But this lack of motivation can happen to anyone. Don’t waste time waiting for the winds of change to blow in your favour. You could read or watch inspirational content, motivate yourself and practice meditation.
8) Give up Multitasking
‘work while you work, play while you play, eat while you eat’ may be the secret to enhanced productivity.
Recent studies have some interesting facts to show us. Only 2% of people can actually multitask the rest are only harming their productivity. According to Harvard Business Review, multitasking causes more harm than good; productivity is reduced by 40% and IQ is lowered by 10 points. Abandon multitasking and give your undivided attention to the task in hand.