While there are no shortcuts to hard work, there are practical ways to get more done in the time you have. But first, you must take back control of your workday and start setting yourself up for success.
- Rise and shine. You're most productive in the first two hours after you get up, so plan your most challenging and meaningful work for that time of day.
- Make mini-goals. Help yourself realize goals by breaking them down into smaller, manageable mini-goals.
- Stop multitasking. Multitasking is not only ineffective, but it reduces the quality of your work and causes more stress. Prioritize essential work and schedule time each day to deal with non-urgent matters.
- Seek quiet. If you work nonstop, your work will suffer and so will you. Make your break-time meaningful - stretch or go for a walk outside if you can. It's important to take time away from your screen and think about something else.
- Measure progress. What did you accomplish and how do these accomplishments line up with your goals? What were your low points? By measuring your progress, you can spot patterns and opportunities to revamp how you work.
- Prep for tomorrow. Devote the last 15 minutes of your day to creating a to-do list for the next day. That way, you can jump right into the work the next morning.