It’s all about the hustle, right? The idea that we must work hard and work all the time actually isn’t as effective as you might think. To maximize your productivity and overall success, you should work smarter, not harder. Here are 6 time management tips to help you boost your productivity in a smart way.
- Don’t check email so often!
Email is one of the biggest time sucks and productivity killers today. Turn off notifications and commit to only checking your email a few times a day. Checking email throughout the day, as it comes in, is the kind of multi-tasking that is never a smart idea. When you do check it, process it quickly based on the kind of next action each email requires.
- Have clear objectives.
Setting big long-term goals is a good idea, but make sure you also have very clear short-term objectives for every part of your life. This includes personal things as well as every single work project. Clear objectives will help you stay on track and make sure you’re actually making progress.
- Make notes when stopping something mid-task.
It’s rare to be able to start a task and see it all the way to completion in one sitting. It’s often a waste of time and mental energy each time you return to the task to get back on track. Leave yourself a note that reminds you where you were and what you need to do next.
- Batch your time.
Try to carve out chunks of time to do certain kinds of tasks. For example, try to do all of your personal errands on one day of the week after work. Try to organize as many of your work meetings as possible on a certain day of the week. Use another day of the week for a weekly review. This can even translate to time with family and friends. Devote a regular day for getting together with friends and carve out another day for family time.
Chances are good that you could become infinitely more productive if you delegated more often. People are often hesitant to give up control, convinced they could do a better job. The smart way is to save your own energy for the tasks you are uniquely suited for and delegate the rest. Delegation is an absolutely vital method when working smarter, not harder.
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Why waste potentially productive time while in traffic? When you travel to meetings with the help of our limousine service in St Louis, you are freed up to make calls or review your notes to prepare for the meeting. Delegating transportation is a way of minimizing stress for you. Our chauffeurs provide safe, comfortable, and professional service. A luxurious ride in a limo will get you where you need to go while leaving you free to get more things done.
Also published on Medium.