Tackle the Hardest Things First<br />1<br />Best time to start on the hardest things is at first when you can give it all you have<br />Not necessary that you finish the task<br />You will at least make some important headway before moving onto simpler tasks<br />
Have at most 3 things on your plate<br />2<br />It’s clinicallyproven that human brain cannot handle more than 4 pieces of information at a time<br />Limit yourself to 3 as you cannot work optimum for long<br />Set priorities for the 3 things and execute in order<br />
Work on one thing at a time to reduce error<br />3<br />Have only things associated with one particular piece of work in front of you<br />File away the remaining documents and stationary for the time-being<br />This is also a part of prioritizing<br />
Make a daily as well as a weekly list<br />4<br />Make the weekly list on Monday and update it daily<br />You’ll have 2 list to write every morning – updates weekly and daily <br />Your daily to-do list fits into the weekly list<br />Refer to your weekly list regularly <br />If possible use a whiteboard<br />
Master Your Tools<br />5<br />You cannot spend time learning tool usage at the time of execution<br />When executing your focus should be completely on quality and deadline<br />Tools include company software, documentation software, hardware etc.<br />
Group Similar Activities Together<br />6<br />Batch similar tasks and do them at once to save your resources<br />Context switching is expensive – both mentally and monetarilyFor example, if you consider shopping as a task, instead of going to a mall every time you need something it’ll be advisable to make a list of all you need and execute the task in one visit.Making the list may take some time but a lot of travel time and resources will be preserved<br />
Don’t Waste Time Being Perfect<br />7<br />Being perfect at everything can be a hindrance to productivity<br />Perfection is not only achieved by spending a lot of time on one activity but also through experience<br />If you settle for ‘good enough’ with most work, you will get more things done in a work day and add to your experience<br />Your experience will add to your speed which you can use to achieve your personal benchmark of perfection<br />
Find Your Peak Time<br />8<br />Everyone has a time in the day when their productivity is at a peak<br />Your body has energy cycle and there are times when you can be more productive <br />Many performers say that early morning is their most productive time. <br />You need to find your peak time for yourself<br />
Think Like a Lazy Person<br />9<br />Here lazy person refers to a person who is interested in just getting the job done <br />At times, all you need is a simple solution instead of a smart one to move ahead with work<br />In such cases a lazy person’s approach comes in handy<br />
Calm Your Mind<br />A calm mind is essential for not just your work quality but also your personal well-being<br />You should not go about increasing productivity at the cost of your health<br />In case you have a very noisy mind you can try some of these tips <br /> -reduce rational thinking<br /> -use intuition<br /> -stop information intake<br /> -slow down or stop work <br />10<br />
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