How to work faster and be more productive
Still want to work faster? In the first of our three series on how to do so, we talked about how important it is to have a plan, set deadlines and do the hardest task first. In this second part, we look at three more ways in which you can work even faster and be more productive with no added stress. Here we go:
Yes, that’s right! If you want to work faster you need to work less. Studies have shown that when you take regular breaks you tend to be more focused. Rather than treat work as marathon, think of it as a series of sprints.
So, rather than slog it out for four or five hours straight, try and be super-productive for 50 minutes or so, take a break and go again. You’ll find that when you do work, you’re ‘really’ working, rather than going through the motions.
Ration e-mail time
Let’s be honest! How many e-mails in your inbox do you need to get to right away? Chances are not many. The truth is that too many of us waste our time on unimportant e-mails when we could be doing something productive.
So, what can you do? It’s easy, only look at your e-mails a few appointed times a day. Or, if you want to be really disciplined, use a tool like Inbox Pause to keep emails from showing up until you’re ready to get to them. And remember, if it’s urgent they’ll call you!
Don’t get distracted
Distractions-they can happen anywhere and anytime. It could be in the office kitchen, at the water cooler, or even your desk. It could be about Janet’s new squeeze, Dave’s new wig or last night’s game. Whatever it is, it can wait.
Idle talk adds up and impedes progress, especially when you’re ‘in the groove’. So next time your office buddy comes to your desk to chew the fat, just look busy or failing that, politely tell them you’ll catch up on your break.