So you’ve got a lot on your plate and no idea how you are going to get it all done. No matter how hard you try it just seems like you are constantly being distracted and unable to accomplish all of your tasks. Here are 8 ways you can increase your productivity and get things done.
Eight Ways to Get It All Done
- Create a to-do list. It is easier to focus on one task when you have all your other tasks written down. Download an app such as Evernote or TeuxDeux (pronounced to-do) to help create your checklist or stick with the old fashioned paper and pencil.
- Make a schedule. Now that you know everything that must get done, create time to do each thing. You’ll find yourself less likely to stray off task.
- Avoid distractions. If this means shutting the door to your office or temporarily blocking time-wasting internet sites then do it. There are many browser apps that will allow you to set time limits on sites such as Facebook, Reddit and Twitter.
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated. In order to perform your best, your body needs to be well taken care of. Make sure that you are eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Staying hydrated will also help you to ward off pesky headaches that may get in your way.
- Take breaks. Anyone would get burned out if they
were work, work, work, all the time. Avoid mental fatigue by taking scheduled breaks. Use this time to catch up with an old friend or take a walk outside and get some fresh air. It will keep you from getting restless while you’re at work.
- Delegate. You can’t do it all. If you feel like you truly have taken on too much, now is the time to correct it. Hand off some of your tasks to a coworker or another team member. You can only do so much. Use this experience to learn to say “No” more often when approached with tasks.
- Get plenty of sleep. When you are overwhelmed, it often makes sense to stay up late or wake up early to get things done. Try to avoid doing this. Your body needs rest to recharge and stay healthy. You won’t be able to get much done if you’re out sick.
- Multitask This isn’t recommended all the time, it is usually much better to focus on just one task until t is complete, but when it comes to collaborating with other people, you can often host a lunch meeting or take a coffee break and kill two birds with one stone.