If you are trying to get more things done, then organization should be the main thing that you should focus on. When you are organized, you will realize that things just seem to run smoother.
Whether it is with your belongings or with your schedule, you will need to make sure that things are organized.
Clean your work area regularly. At your desk where you work, clear anything not essential. For example…at my desk I have a notepad, pen, and my computer…that’s it. Well, I do have a Brak Cookie Jar on my desk…Yes, it is essential and no, it is not for sale. 🙂
It does not normally clean. Clutter happens, so set a time during the week which is clean off and organize the work area time. I keep file boxes under my desk to keep notes from webinars, worksheets that I’m not using right now, etc.
I also have a short coffee table/magazine rack that fits nicely under my desk and out of the way for iPad storage/charging, headphones, etc.
It is also a good idea to clean the desktop on your computer regularly and also the files within. I know it doesn’t take long to have all sorts of files all over the place.
The first time you do it may take some time but it will be worth it. Anything that is non-essential to day to day operations file away on an external hard drive.
I also like to keep any videos I download on that external as well. Videos take up a lot of hard drive space so I keep them off the main computer drive.
Organize your email. Go through your email and get rid of anything you are not interested in anymore or not right now. Unsubscribe to everything that you haven’t got around to deleting. You can always get on that “Travel Deals of the Week” Newsletter when you are getting ready to actually travel.
2. Time Management
When you manage your time correctly, you will surely get more things done.
This means that you should make use of every hour of the day and try your best to stay productive at all times.
After you clean up your email account you should only check it once in the morning and once in the evening. I only check mine once or twice a WEEK. My thinking is…if it is that important they know my number, if they don’t know my number…it’s not that important. That goes for my personal email. Support email gets checked regularly during the day. Or outsource it once your workload increases or you can afford it.
Get a timer to set on your desk to break down your specific work into set increments and only work during those allotted times on whatever task you have deemed for that time.
Stay off of Facebook! If you are on there doing something that is making you money or will make you money in the short term stay away. Stay away from anything that you know is a major time suck.
While you are working, you will need to remain focused at all times.
Remember that you do not want to waste any time and it is important to try your best to not distracted by little things like the internet and other minor distractions.
This goes back to the desk timer. Keep focused on the task at hand. Also, if you are writing a report or ebook or doing anything that does not absolutely require the internet to be on stay off the internet as well.
Stay focused, stay busy….but, get shit done, too.
If you have an iPad or other tablet put all ebooks, reports, etc that you want to read or skim through on your tablet to read right before bed or when you’re out and about during the day away from your computer.
You will need to understand that nutrition is something very crucial towards your focus throughout the day. An unhealthy diet will lead to an up and down day that will lead to less focus.
Be sure to eat at regular times or at least a healthy snack to get food in your belly. I know of many a day when I used to skip meals all together just because I was busy at the computer and plain forgot to eat.
If you are able to eat a healthy diet, you will see an increase in your focus.
Getting enough sleep is very important and 8 hours a day should be the minimum.
8 hours may be a stretch for many since you likely have a regular job, plus family activities, and things. Do your best to get as close to that 8 hours if at all possible.
If you happen to feel tired during the day, then a 15 minute nap will have you up and ready in no time.
You will be energetic after this short nap and you will be able to get this energy from caffeine. However, you do not want to take caffeine 5 hours before you sleep as it can stop you from getting a good night of sleep.
Taking a short walk can be good. Regular exercise is also good even if it is just a couple laps around the block.
7. Taking a Break
Sometimes working too hard can wear you down and so you will simply need to take a break to see more things get done in the future. Take a break and you will then be back to work with a new sense of motivation.
Plus, when your eyes are away from the computer screen and your work you will be amazed at how your brain is still working sub-consciously solving problems. I get my best ideas and problem solutions when I am away from the computer.
There you go…7 Tips to getting more done…get started today.