If you could spend an entire day being utterly productive that would be a huge accomplishment. But for most people who go to school or to the office day in and day out, just because they’ve put in their 8 hours doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been productive. True, they may have crossed off a set of items on their to-do list, but being busy does not equate to being productive.
In fact, sometimes a person can be stuck doing the same task the entire day, going practically nowhere. To help avoid that particular scenario, here are some tips that could help you become a little bit more productive in each of your tasks, without having to isolate yourself from the rest of the world. If you can be productive, you’ll avoid being constantly buried in work.
1. Make A Flexible To-Do List
The operative term here is “flexible”. When people hear the term “to-do list” they automatically think it has to be all very rigid and structured. That shouldn’t be the case; rather, the list must be flexible enough so that you can move the items around throughout the day, depending on their urgency.
A list is is helpful because it keeps you on your toes with the knowledge of what needs to be done and how long that will take. This keeps you alert to your schedule with each new task you begin. Of course, organization is still key here, but the point is also to keep you from getting stuck in just one task the entire day.
2. Learn To Touch Type And Increase Your Typing Speed
Since you probably spend most of your time on the computer at work (and maybe at home as well), you’re probably at least familiar enough with your keyboard that you don’t have to look at the keys constantly. Being able to touch type without ever looking at the keyboard will speed up any computer-related task. What most people who can’t touch type don’t realize is that the constant act of looking down to check for the right keys, or pausing to review what they have just typed, eats up a lot of time. Touch typing gives you that time back to use in a more productive fashion.
By learning how to touch type and then working on faster typing skills, anyone can easily cut back their typing time by half, and possibly even the time it takes to complete any given task, just because they are more efficient typists. Tutorial programs are easily accessible nowadays that making learning to touch type a simple process, like eReflect’s Ultimate Typing Software.
3. Develop A Working Routine That Works For You
Everyone has their own working habits. Find the one that suits you best, stick with it, and perfect it. Build a routine of your own, starting with minor things such as getting a cup of coffee before sitting down at your desk so that you won’t have to get up later. Every little savings in efficiency helps you accomplish more. Again, it’s that concept of organization which, even on a small scale, helps a person become ultra-productive.
Every single day is a new chance to make things right and increase your productivity and efficiency. It’s up to you whether to maximize that opportunity to your advantage.