- Only do the tasks that you have to
If you have a choice, try and do the most important task first. Don’t be distracted by minor problems or tasks. Reserve your time for the important things.
- Don’t multitask
Multitasking makes you less productive and more prone to mistakes. You will be able to work more and better if you focus on one thing at a time. This is especially true when working with technology, and also applies to your projects and life in general.
- Establish routines for yourself that are easy to follow, and stick to them
A well-working routine provides structure for your day, which helps you get things done in a timely manner. For example, you could establish the following routine: check email once an hour, work on task A until 12pm, eat lunch around 1pm, then work on task B until 5pm before checking email again et cetera.
- Get more done by getting less things done
When you have a lot of tasks on your plate, it’s tempting to try and do everything at once. But the way to get more done is to focus on one task at a time and not get distracted by other things. Make sure that you work on one thing until completion before moving onto the next thing – don’t multitask or switch between different tasks. This helps you avoid getting caught up in procrastination, distraction and wasted time.
- Take breaks every once in a while – but not too often!
Taking breaks from your work can help you stay focused, but it’s easy to get carried away if you take too many breaks or spend too much time doing them (which can happen easily when working for long hours). Try taking a 15-minute break every 2 hours. Taking a short break will boost your productivity by providing you with some downtime in which your mind can rest, recharge and return ready to work again after the break has ended.