If the first thing on your to-do list every week is to get more done, try following this easy 10-step plan to boosting your productivity:
1. Prepare. Schedule as much as you can—from when to get up in the morning to attending meetings, answering emails, taking exercise breaks and, finally, when to stop working.
2. Start the day right. Before you hit the ground running on Monday morning, begin the day with five to 10 minutes of setting positive intentions.
3. Work on big projects first. Most bigger projects require more energy, so it probably makes sense to work on them in the morning when you have more energy.
Read on for seven more tips on how to boost your workweek productivity.
Progress is through collaboration, not confrontation.
Do you know who you are and what you do? Can you eloquently explain that to a stranger in one minute or less? Use these 5 steps to perfect your elevator pitch:
1. Introduce yourself.
2. Identify the problem your company solves.
3. Announce your promise.
4. Offer proof and a plan.
5. Know when to stop and listen.
A study conducted by Salary.com and AOL found that the average worker admitted to wasting just over two hours of each eight-hour workday on non-job-related activities. This amount of unproductive time means one quarter of all salaries—an average of $39,795 per employee per year—is wasted.
If you could only eliminate the activities that cause you to fritter the day away, you know you’d be productive. The trouble with eliminating the time-wasting activities is that the activities are rarely the real problem. They’re just a symptom of something deeper that’s preventing you from getting to work.