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Top Tips for Getting More Done

Does anyone else feel like the world is spinning faster? The days seem to be going by in a blur and every time we look another month is scratched out from the calendar. And yet, the To Do List seems to be getting longer and longer. Here are some top tips for getting more done, starting now! Time spent planning is never wasted The first – and last – 30 minutes of each day should be dedicated to reviewing what needs to be done and generating your To Do List. In addition, you should always highlight the 3 most

Does anyone else feel like the world is spinning faster? The days seem to be going by in a blur and every time we look another month is scratched out from the calendar. And yet, the To Do List seems to be getting longer and longer. Here are some top tips for getting more done, starting now!

Time spent planning is never wasted

The first – and last – 30 minutes of each day should be dedicated to reviewing what needs to be done and generating your To Do List. In addition, you should always highlight the 3 most important things that simply must get done during that day. If you’re focused on these items you can make sure that you do whatever is necessary to get them accomplished so that, even if your day goes pear-shaped, you’ve achieved something.

Don’t be afraid to disconnect

We live in a hyper-connected world and often forget that it’s actually ok to not be available immediately. Why not actively practice not answering the phone, responding to emails and checking your social media updates instantly. It’s probably going to be hard but you’ll quickly realise that you won’t die…and neither will the others who’re trying to connect with you. Research indicates that it can take up to 20 minutes to re-focus when our attention is drawn away from an activity that requires our concentration. SO, rather than muddle along seemingly multi-tasking, switch off and focus on those jobs that require your full attention.

Know your personal distractors

Do you know what your primary distractors are? For some, it might be getting up to make a quick cup of coffee and finding yourself still chatting to a colleague 30 minutes later, or “quickly” checking your emails and realising that you’ve spent more than a few hours in front of the screen with nothing much to show for your efforts. We’re all different and there is no one-size fits all. If you’re unsure what yours are, then why not keep a diary for a week, jotting down your activities, no matter how small, and then reviewing to see where you could cut out time-wasters.

Working harder doesn’t necessarily equal smarter

Because we’re all connected 24/7 and often carry our work tools home, you may be fooled into thinking that if you put in extra hours at home you’ll get more done. Beware though, this may only last for a short while. Our bodies – and minds- need rest and so if you’re burning the candle at both ends for extended periods of time you’ll likely find your productivity declining. Eat well, sleep enough and exercise at least a little bit and take time to switch off from work and you’ll find you’ll get more done when you’re at the office.

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