These 7 tips from top productivity experts are guaranteed to significantly improve your work performance and help you enjoy your best year ever career-wise.
- Make the most of your meetings
Meetings are a normal part of many offices and organizations, and many people will agree that sometimes, they are a total waste of time.
This is true when meetings are not well-planned, are managed haphazardly or allowed to go on forever.
When you are setting up meetings, even informal team meetings, it’s crucial to make the most of every minute.
Write down precise talking points or specific questions that need to be answered. Plan meetings well but always keep them short and to the point.
More importantly, never leave things hanging. Always end with a decision or plan of action, and assign someone to make sure it’s implemented.
- Set well-defined milestones
Whether you are working alone or in a team, it’s important to set personal milestones to hold yourself accountable and track your progress.
Milestones can be weekly, monthly or bi-monthly depending on the specific goal.
Missing a milestone is also an important indication that something is not working. This allows you to step back, assess and remedy the situation bad get yourself back on track.
- Communicate clearly
The reason behind mediocre work performance, bad quality work and serious errors is almost always poor communication.
Clear communication in the workplace needs to be your priority. It starts with good listening skills, knowing when to asking the right questions and making yourself crystal clear in all of your verbal and written communication.
If you feel that you need to brush up on your communication skills, it’s a good idea to sign up for an online course or do some in-depth reading on the subject.
- Don’t multitask
Research is now telling us that multitasking negatively affects productivity. Among other things, it decreases mental focus, the ability to retain information and weakens the attention span.
When you think about it, isn’t it much more productive to focus on one task at a time and do it well? Multitasking may help you get things done faster but what about the quality of the finished work?
- Always tackle difficult tasks first
Difficult tasks are usually dreaded ones. This is why tackling these first is crucial. First of all, it does wonders for your stress levels because the relief you experience is immense.
Secondly, it frees you up for less difficult but more important tasks related to your personal goals and growth.
This strategy also helps you focus better on anything you do because that dreaded task will keep nagging at you and distracting you incessantly.
- Don’t make long to-do lists
Long to-do lists and complex schedules that cover every minute of the day tend to leave you overwhelmed and confused. Falling back on just one task will have a “domino effect” where everything just slides downhill. You are left on a mess of unfinished tasks and missed deadlines.
Over planning is not very helpful for productivity. Instead, experts advise us to identify just one top priority task per day, followed by four or five less important ones.
You may also find that rigidly scheduling your day is harming your productivity. Some people just work better with less structure and more flexibility.
- Stay on top of the latest tools
Whatever your niche, there are probably dozens of custom tools out there to help you do your job better.
Always stay up to date with the latest innovations. Try out different software solutions and apps that can help you become more efficient.
Productivity isn’t always about rigid planning and pushing yourself to the limit. In fact, as you can see from these 7 tips, it’s more about simplifying your work life and being flexible wherever you can.
The beauty of these 7 tips is that they are intended to become life-long habits that will serve you well this year and for years to come.