Each of us is given the same 24 hours per day to accomplish our work.
So, why do some people seem to get so much more in a day than others?
Have they found a way to slow down time – or maybe clone themselves? Nope. They have simply mastered the ability to focus on the right things at the right times.
Honestly, there’s no magic formula for increasing productivity; with the right insights and better habits, you and your team can work a little smarter – and get a lot more done.
Want to give it a try? These tips from our Nashville staffing firm will help you make every moment of your company’s work day count:
Identify high-value activities.
These are the tasks that get you to your monthly, quarterly and annual goals. Make a list of your top three to five activities that add the most value to your company by:
- Tracking your daily activities over the course of a month, to determine the core set of tasks for which you are responsible.
- Studying the list and asking yourself if you could only do one single thing on the list all day long, which task would add the most value to the organization.
- Repeating this process to identify and prioritize the other tasks you perform that add the most value to your company.
Once you’ve identified your high-value activities, use the balance of these tips to devote more time to working on those tasks each week.
Improve your to-do list.
Planning is essential to productivity, but a mental or hastily written list of to-dos is merely a wish list if it doesn’t translate into a cohesive course of action for your day. Make your to-do list more efficient by:
- Starting it the evening before. When you end your previous work day with a clear idea of what you need to accomplish in the morning, you’ll get off to a more productive start.
- Determining which tasks are high-value activities, and which you can delegate to others (Hint: If you need to get non-essential and/or time consuming work off your plate, Wood Personnel is here to help!).
- Prioritizing tasks that are on your plate, so you tackle your most important items first – or at a time of day when you know you’re most productive (see below).
Design a routine that capitalizes on your peak productivity.
Each of us has a time of day during which we’re naturally at our best. Some of us are morning people; others are more focused later in the day. Instead of pushing through those times when you feel unmotivated or unable to focus, try building a work routine that complements them. Schedule time to work on high-focus, high-value, high-priority tasks during your peak performance periods – and reserve activities that don’t require as much brain power for non-peak times. If you perform your most important tasks when you’re feeling the most focused and energetic, you’ll get a lot more done in a lot less time.
Get More Done with Wood Personnel
As a leading Nashville staffing agency with decades of experience serving Middle Tennessee, Wood’s staffing and recruiting services can help you improve productivity, increase focus and make your organization more successful. Have a big project, pressing deadline or challenging role to fill? Put us to the test.