In the world of business, it is all about performance. Its common knowledge that if you want to be successful then your success depends on how well-rounded and efficient you can be at work – but what exactly does this entail? Does it mean working longer hours or spending more time with clients/friends outside of office hours than necessary? Not necessarily!
With some clever planning skills (and following these three steps) anyone could become an expert at improving their own level of productivity.
1. Limit distractions
In order to achieve great work-related results and keep yourself focused throughout the working hours, you need to understand where lucrative distractions come from and limit your exposure to them.
- Turn off your smartphone or set it to not disturb mode. If you find it difficult for you to totally disable your phone, you should set up work and rest intervals.
- Work in a quiet place or use headphones to minimize distractions from around the office.
- Give yourself random rewards. This way, you will want to get work completed which will put your mind further away from wanting to distract yourself from work.
- If you are working from home due to Covid-19, you should dedicate space within your home (preferably a spare room) and turn it into your office.
2. Split your tasks into milestones
When working on a big project, the single best thing you can do in order to ensure that you aren’t falling behind schedule and are performing at a high level is to break down your tasks into small and easily achievable milestones with appropriate time frames.
This way, you will know exactly what needs to be done and the date that it needs to be completed by so the overall project is put together by the set deadline.
- Segment your workload into easily manageable milestones.
- Allocate sufficient amounts of time per milestone in order to achieve a great overall outcome.
3. Stop multitasking, prioritize your work
Multitasking at work is not uncommon. If you work in a busy agency, for example, it is not rare for you to handle communications with potential clients, talk with different contractors, handle and check work from freelancers while doing your actual job on top of that.
While you may be thinking that this way you actually get more work done, what you are doing is really impacting not only your level of output for your actual job but also the quality.
- Rather than multitasking 3 different projects at a time, prioritize them and work on each one individually. This way, you will not only provide better quality work as your focus remains on a single topic but will also be able to do your work much quicker and more effectively.
- Simply reject any work that may distract you from your actual job or communicate with your manager/boss that you cannot multitask effectively.
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