We all have those moments when you realize there are more things to get done than there are hours in the day — feeling one of those right now? If you get that feeling occasionally, its healthy but if you are perpetually feeling overwhelmed or just always running behind, you should consider these tips to be more productive.
1 – Write things down, get them out of your head, and know that you’ll look again at the place where you wrote them down. This tip is credited to a great book about productivity called “Getting Things Done.” Don’t keep everything in your head – you need your head to be free to focus on the task at hand.
2 – Be honest about your calendar. I’ve been guilty of under-estimating the time required for my responsibilities. Don’t let your calendar become a decoration for your office that contains your best intentions. Get real about your pace of completion and the time you are able to spend on projects in a given day or week.
3 – Say “no” to what you need to. To be productive, be sure to only do what ONLY YOU need to do. There may be things you should delegate and there may be things you just need to decline. Don’t pressure yourself to do every single thing that comes across your desk.
Sharpen your skills with these tips to be more productive, and you will feel better about the things you are doing and the things you are choosing not to do as well.