I have been a business owner working from my home office for many years now, since 1994. It seems when I was just starting out, I had more self-discipline. Each day, I worked on the most difficult or tedious tasks first, wasn’t as distracted by internet surfing, I remember being much more productive. And now I have to struggle to stay productive. Too much time on the internet that isn’t always business-related. I seem to be taking care of the easiest and least important tasks first so what should be the priorities aren’t being treated as such.
I came across the following article on Lifehack with ideas that are relevant and for me, do-able. I’ll start tommorrow :).
Do you want to end each day feeling like you’ve accomplished everything you set out to do? Here are 12 strategies to boost your output exponentially:
Set productivity targets
Be clear on what exactly you want to achieve.
Maintain a work environment conducive to productivity
If you feel at home, you will be more inspired to get things done.
Have an organized workspace
If you have a messy workspace, you will feel disorganized and sluggish.
Put first things first
Put the important things first before anything else.
Time box your tasks
Time boxing refers to putting your tasks within fixed time slots.
Have a separate list for incoming tasks
Use a single list for urgent tasks, and another for other tasks.
Upgrade your skills
Your limitations in output come from limitations in your skill level.
Know your motivation triggers
When were the times when you felt inspired? How can you integrate this into your daily life to reinforce your motivation?
Utilize time pockets
Time pockets are the little bits of time you have in between one event to the next — waiting for buses, waiting for appointments to start. Have some ready activities for these.
Hold yourself accountable
Progress tracking is essential to know how you are doing.
Wake up early
If you are up before most of the world, you will be motivated to maintain that lead.
Remember To Rest
It’s about quality of work produced, not quantity of hours spent.