Do you consider yourself to be effective at work? Although many of us like to think that we’re 100 percent effective, the truth is that most of us have strengths and weaknesses that impact our effectiveness. Many of us could benefit from tweaking at least a few of our skills, in order to become even more effective. For instance, perhaps you’ve always excelled at time management. But how much time do you put into learning new skills, or staying on top of industry trends?
Here are certain tips for improving your personal efficiency :
- Separate your tasks in order of priority – One of the key ways to ensure you are working efficiency is to sort all of your tasks in order of priority. Sort them into groups of every important, important and not-so important. If you feel lost about what to do during the day, check to see if there are any high priority tasks to complete.
- Plan Ahead – Once you have your tasks sorted in order of priority, you can start planning. Plan your week out, making sure to schedule completion of the most important tasks. You should also make sure that you plan each morning out. Using software or a simple pad and paper create a realistic to-do list every morning. The time it takes to plan will be paid back multiple times by increasing efficiency.
- Start Early – There are only so many hours in the day and conventional wisdom always warns that you can’t change that. You can, however, change the way you use those hours. While proper sleep is important, getting up even a single hour earlier will equal an extra 30 hours of work over the course of a month.
- The Worst is First – If your daily to-do list includes any tasks you dread, then bang them out first thing. If you finish the tasks you hate first, you won’t have them hanging over your head all day, effecting the ones you don’t mind. You will find that you van pick up momentum through the day with this method.
- Take Control of Your Time – Never be afraid to take control of your time. If your work from home, let your family know when your work are and to respect it. If you work in an office, don’t be afraid to tell your co worked not to interrupt you. Don’t take on optional tasks that you don’t have time for.
- Stay Positive and Take Breaks – A positive outlook will help you stay on track. It is easier to work hard when you are truly happy. There is scientific studies that show a correlation between happiness and better work. Taking breaks during a busy day is one way to help stay positive. It also helps you refocus on long tasks. Including physical activity during your breaks is good for mind and soul.