Do you ever reach the end of the day and feel exhausted but feel like you’ve accomplished very little?
Everyone has a different level of efficiency but, fortunately, there are ways you can get more done, be more efficient and feel better at the end of the day than you do right now.
Soon, you’ll wonder how you manage to get so much done!
9 Actions That Will Enhance Your Personal Efficiency
Accomplish more and set a new standard for personal efficiency with these 9 powerful strategies.
- Take regular breaks. Avoid working for longer than an hour without a break. A short 5-minute break each hour can result in getting a lot more accomplished over the course of a day. You’ll stay fresher and enjoy your day more, too.
- Many hands make the work go faster. Be willing to delegate when possible and appropriate. You can get a lot more done if you get a little help. Whether you’re at work or at home, get the help you need. Don’t be shy about asking for assistance.
- Get enough sleep. Study after study has shown that most people require at least seven hours of sleep to be at their best. That includes those people that swear they only need five. Your performance improves in every way if you sleep at least seven hours. It’s okay to use a nap to reach that total.
- Make a list of things to do. You’ll never wonder what to do next if you have a to do list prepared ahead of time. The best time to make your list is the night before so that you are well prepared in the morning and won’t have to use mental energy to worry about what you need to start with.
- Assess your progress throughout the day. When you measure yourself, your behavior changes. Just the act of checking your progress will change your focus. See how well you’re doing at regular intervals. If you have tasks that must be done each day, this can be a convenient way to measure yourself.
- Note the gap between activities. Perhaps you’ve been working hard, but once you complete a task, you might find that you take quite a while to start the next task. The process of stopping and starting can be a big time-waster. You might want to use a timer to keep yourself honest. Give yourself a set amount of time before returning to work.
- Use small amounts of free time wisely. Maintain a list of small tasks that you can complete in just a minute or two. When you have small chunks of time, you can pull out your list and knock those items out. Your list might include things like checking email or voicemail, cleaning your desk, making a quick phone call, etc.
- Do one task at a time. Let go of the idea of multitasking. You’ll get more done and avoid wearing yourself out if you focus on one task at a time. Focus all your resources on ONE single task, break and then start the next task or continue the current task if you’ve been working on it longer than 45 minutes to an hour (see #1 again).
- Stay organized. A messy workspace kills efficiency. You can’t find what you need quickly. You lose papers. The clutter is mentally fatiguing. Straighten up and watch your mind space get freed up as well! It takes a lot of effort for some people to stay organized, but it’s worth the time and energy to do so.
Over to you…
You can improve your personal efficiency both at work and at home by using these 9 actions. It can be as simple as planning your day, getting enough sleep, and taking regular breaks. You can get more done in less time with a few simple adjustments.
Which of these 9 actions do you currently do? What other actions help you improve your personal efficiency?