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Learn 5 Ways to Become More Productive

Updated on August 24, 2013

Tip #2: Be Organized!

Scientific studies show the impact of clutter on the brains ability to function. So what does this mean? If your workspace is a mess, clean it up!

If you have a filing cabinet, use it. If you don't, go get one... and use it!

Don't keep trash all over your desk either. So, if you are one of those people with soda cans and empty candy wrappers and chip bags, get a waste basket and use it!

This tip may seem obvious to most of us, but it is easy to become disorganized very quickly during a hectic day.

Tip #1: Start Early

It is no big secret that distractions make it difficult to accomplish tasks that require concentration. So whether you go to an office, or work at home, start early and allow yourself some time to think, and organize your thoughts before the distractions of the day.

If you are anything like me, it allows me time to have my coffee, catch up on emails, and even accomplish some of the smaller tasks quickly that easily get put off during the buzz of the day. We all know too well, that there will always be unexpected tasks coming up throughout the day, and need to plan accordingly.

So how early is early?


The earlier, the better! The real answer to this question though is dependent upon what industry you are in, and what type of workload you have in your position. When I first started, it was only about a half hour, and has grown progressively into almost 2 hours early. You really begin to see the value, and increase in productivity when applying this tip!


Tip #3: Make a Weekly Schedule

So what are we supposed to do with all that extra time we have in the morning from tip #1? This is really a great time for planning/scheduling.

One of the best pieces of advice I was ever given in the military was this: "A failure to plan, is a plan to fail."

Spend either a few minutes on Sunday evening, or Monday morning, and think about everything you need and want to get done this week. Have you been wanting to work on a new marketing plan? Write some new ads? Try to get some better suppliers?

Make a list of everything that you already know needs to be done, and then add a couple items that could be worked on to improve your business.

The Guilt List

How many of you currently make a daily schedule for yourself?

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Tip #4: Make Daily To-Do Lists

This tip should come as no surprise, after tip #3. After you have taken the time to make a good weekly plan, you must the break that work up each day.

Don't Overwhelm Yourself!!

If you set unrealistic goals, you will only be ensuring your failure. Start small, and grow your lists as time goes on. Each morning, while you are making your list for the day, pick tasks that can be realistically accomplished that day, and plan accordingly. This might sometimes mean staying a bit late, or working through lunch.

But, then again, if you came in early enough, you could do it in the morning!

Do you wish you were here?

Tip #5: Set Goals!

This is the most important step in this process! Goals are the motivation to accomplish tasks. Goals are what can make you push yourself to get more accomplished. Do you wish you could take a vacation, but never have time? Then get ahead instead of behind!

Do you want your business to make more money? Then focus more efforts on marketing, as well as client relations and customer satisfaction. Spend some time doing marketing research, or a marketing audit on your current plan.

The bottom line is this: There will be things to do every day of your life. It is the going above and beyond, that put you ahead of the rest. It is a fact of life for most of us, that we will never have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything we want. But, by giving yourself a bit of distraction free time in the morning, put together with some organization and planning, you will be able to get more work accomplished week after week, and see results faster.

Be sure to set short term, and long term goals. It is also good to set both professional, and personal goals. We should all strive every day to better ourselves, and better the world we live in.

So lets build a more productive world together!

Feedback!

Please leave your feedback in the comments section below! I would love to hear what other tips people have that helps them make their days and weeks more productive!

Thanks, and I hope you all enjoyed!

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    • Parks McCants profile image

      Parks McCants 

      4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      I do find it advantageous to get my personal and business email deluge dealt with before the productive $ work of the day. Thanks for the well written reminder.

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