How to work much more productively

Tired of staying up late at work and working tirelessly? Get things done, work productively and relax on time.

How do you get everything done without staying up late at work? Time magazine in partnership with Inc. publishes an article by columnist Jeff Hagen, who in turn consulted Belle Beth Cooper of Buffer. The recommendations take into account the ideas of other experts.

1. "Edit the to-do list." “One of the most surprising yet effective ways to increase productivity is to limit the number of things I include in the list,” the author admits. He advises to choose one, two or three (but no more!) Most Important Things (SVD).

Leo Babauta advises: “Do SVD immediately in the morning, either at home or immediately after coming to work. If you put them off until later, you will be overwhelmed and you won’t have enough time for them.”

The list can be supplemented with small things that you should do after you have dealt with SVD.

Another trick is to make a to-do list ahead of time, in the evening of the previous day. You can calmly go to bed, and in the morning, without tormented by doubts, take on the most important things.

The third secret of the to-do list is to make it for one day. Otherwise, there will be a feeling that you are loaded more than it seems. “I make a big to-do list, and then every night I move a few items over to my to-do list for the next day,” the author writes.

2. “Measure your results, not your time,” writes the author.

For example, if you want to make a big project, you should break it down into “doable” steps. And then cross off what is done every day, even if the project takes many days to complete. The author explains: “I feel a surge of pleasure every time I cross out the work done, even if I just wrote a chapter of 200 words.”

You can also make a list of everything that you have done in a day. “You will be surprised how much stronger your motivation to do important work and focus on it - you will want to do even more,” the author writes.

3. “Create habits that will help you get started. If I don’t have a plan where to start work, I usually get distracted in the morning by nonsense and lose time, ”the author admits.

Here you need a certain routine, where a certain action is a signal to start work for the brain and body. “I usually sit at my desk drinking coffee and checking my favorite websites for news. As soon as a cup of coffee is finished, this is a signal: it's time to finish watching and get to work, ”the author writes. You can also turn off the phone, do exercises, have breakfast, put on certain music.

Life according to the schedule is not the lot of bores, but the choice of purposeful people who have found the best way to achieve the goal, the author writes.

4. "Track where you're wasting your time." First, figure out what you do every morning when you get ready for work. You may be wasting your time choosing clothes. But it can be done ahead of time, in the evening.

Now keep track of what you spend time on during the day: maybe you get stuck on social media too often, or a two-minute conversation about work turns into a 10-minute chatter.

“Once you figure out what takes your time or encourages you to engage in nonsense, start changing something specifically in connection with these habits,” the author writes.

5. “Create habits that will help you stop working. The habit of working overtime is dangerous because it encourages you to put off the most important things for later, the author warns.

How to relax in time?

1. Hemingway advised: "The best thing is to always stop the work when it is going well and you know what will happen [in the work] next." In the same way, you can stop in the middle of a business project: you know what is already done and what needs to be done next.

2. Tell yourself to finish work at a fixed hour. This teaches you to prioritize correctly - start with the most important.

3. “Unplug your laptop from the mains. You can only work as long as the battery lasts, ”the article says.

4. Schedule something fun to do after work. "Outside forces and peer pressure can motivate you to get things done on time."

5. Develop a relaxation ritual, such as taking a walk after work, keeping a journal, or discussing the day with family and friends. Making a to-do list for tomorrow will also work.

Source: Jeff Hagen, Time