How to Maximize Productivity
This weekend we were lucky enough to gain an extra hour from daylight savings, but did you take advantage of it? Lately everyone seems to be talking about how busy they are and how they don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done. Then you see those who seem to always be on top of it and have everything done by the end of the day. Truth is we all have the same amount of time in our days, but how we use it is what makes the difference.
Productivity is making the most of your day, not just by being busy but by taking advantage of every hour to accomplish tasks. This can be anything from work to even just catching up with friends or family.
How do we do this?
By adding in little steps to your routine or by changing how you do things.
Success.com gathered a few tips and I’ll add a few more to get you started!
“Los Angeles is notorious for traffic—I live less than 5 miles from our office, but the commute can still take up to 45 minutes. I use that time to catch up on the news of the day, particularly health and scientific developments, by listening to podcasts that relate to our business.”
—Rob Fried, CEO of ChromaDex Corp
“The keys to maximizing my productivity are being conscious of how I spend my time and planning my days before they begin—what time I’ll wake up, eat, work, have meetings, work out, get my kids, have lunch with my wife. Remember, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.””
—Daniel Griggs, founder and CEO of ATX Web Designs
“Every morning I look at my to-do list and focus on what will add the most value, then I make time for strategic thought and spending time with my team. Having a framework to prioritize where my time is most valuable for the company gives me the right to say “no” to things that fall outside of those bounds.”
—Lynn Perkins, CEO and co-founder of UrbanSitter
A few others are:
- Put your phone facedown to not get distracted
- Set a timer to take breaks every hour to keep you on track
- Set goals for the day, week, month, even year and work to meet them
- Schedule things that matter into your day. This could be the gym, calling your mom, or even just drinking water.
Think about your day and what you want to work into it. Do you have a long commute you can use to catch up on news or call your family? Do you prioritize your tasks before you start them? Are you making time for things to help you relax? These are great steps to your day, but don’t forget that this is only half the battle. While you may be able to complete more tasks in a day, are you finishing them efficiently?