Are you easily distracted? Do you find yourself pushing off tasks that could be done right away? The following tips can help you be more productive in both your personal and professional life:
Prioritize tasks. Make a list of the tasks that you need to complete immediately or by the end of the day. Then make another with less urgent items that can be completed later on. Mark the completed tasks off as you complete them. If you finish everything on your first list, move on to the items on the second list.
Set goals and then write them down. By listing out the things you want to accomplish, you are also holding yourself accountable. Having a daily, visual reminder will help motivate you and remind you what you’re working towards.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything can’t be done exactly the way you think it should be. If you think something is really important, get a second opinion. Perspective can help you step back and focus on the big picture.
Know yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle. If you work better under pressure, adjust deadlines accordingly. If you find yourself with free time, use it effectively by completing other tasks on your list.
Limit technology time. Realize that email, social media and the Internet distract you. Take note of when it happens and shift your focus back to what you need to be doing.
Keeping all of this in mind, also make sure to relax and take breaks when needed. You’re not a robot so don’t be ashamed or disappointed if you occasionally need to recharge and refocus.