Here are 10 advices from on how to be your most productive self. Use these tips to achieve your goals.
1. Don’t put things off
If you have a stack of mail or a slew of emails, it doesn’t pay to look at it and then put it in a pile or in a folder to go through at a later date. You will always be busy, and taking 10 minutes now to address the task will keep it from hanging over your head and using up time and space that could be better used for more important things.
2. Cut out meetings
Before you call an all-staff meeting, think about its agenda. Can it be settled in a brief phone call or a group email? If you do have to meet face to face, appoint someone who can keep everyone on task and keep watch of time.
3. Plan ahead
Between getting a coffee, checking email and going through your calendar, your morning can be gone before you even realize it. Start your day with a clear, defined and actionable goal by writing it down the night before.
4. Stop multitasking
When your attention is pulled in different directions, the quality of the work you are putting into each task will suffer. Not everything requires the same amount of mental energy, so step back, prioritize and move your way through your to-do list one thing at a time.
5. Write yourself a reminder
If things start to become a slog, step back and take a minute to write down what you’re working toward and why it’s important to you. What’s the best possible outcome for all the effort you’re putting into a project? With a concrete example of what you could achieve in front of you, it will be easier to put tasks to bed.
6. Prioritize your goals
A piece of well-known advice from famed investor and financier Warren Buffett is to list out your top 25 goals in life. He then says to choose the five that are most important and focus on achieving those. Only when they are crossed off the list should you attack the next 20.
7. Share your to-do lists
A great way to make sure that you actually accomplish what you set out to do is to tell other people about it. That way, you can hold yourself accountable and have a friend, family member or colleague keep you honest.
8. Take social media out of the equation
Delete any social media application that has notifications off your phone. Your inclination is going to want to look at your phone whenever you hear that alert, and you won’t just be wasting the time it takes to check the message, but also the time it takes to get reoriented again.
9. Know when to say no
Remember, your time is valuable. Think about how your day-to-day activities will impact reaching your big goals. If something is going to detract from that mission, don’t be afraid to say no. It will make the things you do say yes to mean more.
10. Take a vacation
One of the reasons for success is that know when to take it easy. Make sure you take the time to rest up—whether that’s once a week or a couple of times a year. Make sure to took time away from the grind to spend with your family, and you will notice the difference.