(1) Note down things to do (List to do)
(2) Passion to do small things
(3) Organise your work according to priority
(4) Smart Work no hard work please
(5) Lot of determination
(6) Check you list to do at the end of the day
As sameerk has said prioritisation is key - what is the most pressing work, do that first. Planning: do you use Gantt charts? A Gantt chart is basically an Excel chart which you can plot deliverables against time - e.g. "I will complete this project by 21 January". List all tasks with check boxes next to them, everytime you complete a task, tick it off - this is a great motivator for me (besides money...lol)!
GIve yourself 10-15 minute breaks after each hour if you're keying a lot. This gives you more energy over the day. Don't eat at your desk, only eat food at the designated hours so you psychologically don't mix eating area with work area. Lastly exercise 15-20 minutes per day, this gives you stamina over the long run to be energetic while you're at work.
The others have great advice.
Another tip worth mentioning is to eliminate non-productive distractions like water cooler chat, cell phones and email.
Efficiency stems from attention to detail. Do it right the first time and make sure you have covered every angle of the job then you will save time by never having to go back and redo anything.
Approaching things in this manner will also over time give you better insight into how to cut time off any given task.
Plan your work, allocate duration to finish it, focus on per item. Leave anything out of plan. And evaluate your work.
Operations management deals with the issue of productivity. It measures productivity by dividing output by input (output/input). So you might increase output and keep input the same, or you can cut back on input and keep output the same. Either way, you'd be more efficient. The simplest solution would probably be to devote less time to non-essential tasks and reallocate that time to where it will have a maximum impact.
Believe that you can do any task in a better way.
Don't accept for any task one way to finish it, you will find a better way, beleive me.
As an accountant, I always try to find how I can improve the way I am doing my job.
_ I use new softwares which help me do some routine tasks faster, or facilitate controling the job. (Try Micosoft Office - One Note, it is a fantastic, easy & useful software for this).
- I keep asking when I don't know & don't feel shy to tell that I don't know so I find many who help & i give help when I can.
- whenever you find someone do a task better than you, ask him politely "How".
- Beleive in Team work.
Hope it helps
Efficient while working from home? I have never looked back since I brought myself a whiteboard. Write yourself a small to do list and tick them off as you have worked through.
If you have a spare room make it into a small office and shut yourself off from the rest of the world each time you enter the room. Keep yourself a bottle of water next to you so you are not nipping out to make too much tea and coffee.
Indeed we can’t do all the work at once. Determine which jobs are more important and must be completed. Plan your activities well. What, why, how, when and who is responsible for specific tasks. It is important to create not only long-term planning, but also short term.
Ban yourself from accessing facebook and personal email while working. Don't multi-task, it makes you less productive, really it does. Schedule a 10-15 minute break every 2 hours, make it a real break and walk around.
I got myself a great focusing problem, and sometimes need a big amount of concentration on a special work.
My tip is to head to a library, or a really empty place, say to yourself you'll work from that time to that time, and force yourself to do it.
Once you're done, reward yourself with a movie, or a nice meal, then do the same the day after. no more than 2 hours of work, or it would be really useless and tiring!
Are you an American? Well, if you are, EinsFlow, let me say this: the productivity of the American worker has risen unceasingly for one hundred fifty years, while for the last thirty five real wages have remained flat, have not risen since 1978.
This did not occur because American workers weren't working hard enough or were not efficient enough. This flattening occurred because of decisions taken by the political and economic elites. They said that foreign competition necessitated that they assume certain practices in order to be "competitive" and all that.
One thing we Americans are good at is blaming ourselves (unjustly) for the fact that our wallets and bank accounts are much lighter than they were in 1978. We are always saying to ourselves: "Maybe there is one more thing I can do -- should have, could have, would have, etc. We say "I didn't get the right schooling." "I didn't do this; I didn't do that." And so on and so forth.
Isn't it enough that the American worker works the longest number of hours than workers in any of the advanced industrialized countries, get the least compensation, and the least vacation time by far? I should think it would be!
By having a plan, and you can't have a plan until you have a goal. Having a goal is the difference between keeping busy, and getting the job done. Never just work to be working, always have a completed vision in mind that your are working towards, and that will make increasing your efficiency much easier.
I was raised on this one concept: if you don't plan, you plan to fail. So, look for things you can do, and plane out ways to be more efficient. It is not enough to plan though. Another important lesson is a plan without work is equal to you failing.
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