Sometimes you need to get more done in less time, but how can you get it done at the same level of quality at a faster pace?
Here are five ways to get more work done in less time:
1. Use a daily to-do list:
Make this list realistic! Add both personal and professional tasks to keep yourself on track when managing all the work you need to get done.
Rank your work in order of priority, that way, if you find yourself struggling to complete work or a barrier appears you don’t find yourself getting too far off track.
2. Organize your space:
This includes both physical and online space. For physical space, have a clear and clean desk. This helps with focus and limits distractions which can help with getting more done in less time.
For the online space, keep your emails organized by responding, filing and deleting an email after opening it.
3. Prioritize sleep health:
While personal and professional life can bleed into each other, a healthy mind will help with delivering quality work. It will also make you more productive to get work done faster! On average and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults aged 18-60 should get 7 or more hours per night.
4. Limit distractions:
A strong technique to limit distractions is to use the pomodoro technique, this allows you to manage your time in intervals. According to Wikipedia, The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, which are separated by short breaks.
Some common distractions can be social media! While consuming online can be beneficial (finding that new job opening!), it can also be very distracting.
5. Say no to tasks
Of course manage expectations with work, school or other responsibilities but feel comfortable saying no to some tasks. If you can’t provide a good result for a project because you are overwhelmed or overworked, prioritize your tasks or say no to the expected timeline (within reason).
If you are looking to get your work done more efficiently without sacrificing quality then consider using the steps above! The more time you can save means more time allocated to other tasks left on the backburner, prioritizing time for a healthy break and less time spent wondering how am I going to get this done on time!