5 Tips to Beat Time at Work

  1. Carry a to-do list or a schedule and record all your activities for a week. Comment beside the activities how it went. This will help you understand how much you can get done during the course of a day and where your precious moments are going. You’ll see how much time is actually spent producing results and how much time is wasted on unproductive stuff.
  2. Any activity that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments. Don’t elongate your to-do list.
  3. Plan to spend at least 50 % of your time engaged in the thoughts and activities that produce most of your “effective results”.
  4. Schedule time for interruptions. Plan time to be pulled away from what you’re doing. Take, for instance, the concept of having “office hours.” Isn’t “office hours” another way of saying “planned interruptions?”
  5. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don’t start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.

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