1.Plan your day ahead and stick to it.
If you have try planning out your day and anticipate the possible roadblocks, you will find that you are better prepared to tackle challenges and deflect issues with more ease. This will help ensure you will have a more productive day.
2. Break down your large plans into more manageable milestones.
Try to achieve something worthwhile every day. If you plan out your goals and set schedules and timelines, you have more motivation not to slack off or procrastinate.
3. Start your day by tackling first the more difficult and the time-consuming tasks. This is the time where you still have full energy to go through everything before gradually moving on to easier ones.
4. Learn to best deal with interruptions in a decisive and assertive manner. Do not allow the trivial concerns of others distract you from your purpose. This does not necessarily mean you need to be rude and offensive. Instead, learn to be firm and prioritise important things instead of constantly ending up accommodating other people’s concerns.
5. Stop procrastinating.
Train yourself to avoid wasting time worrying or dawdling, which only increases your unproductivity. Remember, time is money. If you are constantly paralyzed with worry, schedule your ‘worry time’ at the end of each day so you can stay focused to tackle outstanding work and more important concerns.
6. Manage your clutter.
Make sure everything is in its proper place, this will save you time from constantly searching for misplaced items. A tidy desk can significantly help enhance productivity.
7. Stick to your priorities.
Don’t get into the habit of cancelling or putting off things you can accomplish today. While one might say, you still have enough time tomorrow, it’s another day to face with a whole new set of challenges.
8. Learn to batch process.
Bunch all the small and menial tasks that are not important. Instead of going to and fro attending to small things all throughout the day, which only interrupt and distract you from more important tasks, bundle or batch them together and go through them one set at a time. You can create a list of the small task and with only an hour or so left in your work day, start processing these tasks as quickly as possible, and crossing each one off your list.
9. Brown bag it.
While making and bringing your own lunch to work is not exactly life-changing, it saves you the unnecessary expense, free up more of your time by working through lunch and gives you better control of what you eat.
10. Take on high profile projects.
If you are constantly working on the sidelines, doing less important things, your accomplishments will certainly not make you a star, nor will it take you far. Instead, try to volunteer for bigger projects, the very ones that will carve your name and bring recognition to the company. If you have the expertise and confidence but there is a lack of worthwhile projects, consider coming up with your own. If you do well, these large and high-profile projects can make a huge impact on your career and life. These are the accomplishments that can enhance your portfolio.
11. Bank your salary raise.
If you were finally given a raise, don’t immediately go into thinking of ways how to spend your extra money. Avoid increasing your expenditures. Instead, consider putting the entire amount in the bank.
12. Carefully organise your files and desk.
While they say creative minds can make sense of their own chaos, it can also add to stress and hamper your productivity. Label your folders accordingly and throw out papers and documents that can be discarded.
13. Tidy your to-do list.
If your to-do list is about a mile long, go through each one and determine which ones are unnecessary. Develop the habit of eliminating unnecessary stuff and learn to simplify your life.
14. Get rid of distractions.
Eliminate all the unnecessary distractions such as IM and email alerts, Twitter and other social networking sites. In fact, if possible, you should consider turning off the Internet. You can also wear headphones so you will not be distracted with regular office noise.