5 Tips That Will Help You Get More Things Done in Less Time
As a virtual assistant, being productive is one of the most useful traits that you can have. There’s something to be said for people who can work constantly and not get tired. But for those folks who enjoy taking as many breaks as possible, learning to do more in less time is definitely the way to go.
When you’re working from home, you have the opportunity to work whenever you want. To maximize the hours you actually spend working, you have to learn how to accomplish more tasks in as short a time as possible without compromising the quality of your work. This can help you keep a hefty salary by taking on more work without relinquishing your precious weekends and days off.
To help you be at your most productive, here are 5 helpful tips on how to get more things done in less time.
Set strict digital and social media boundaries.
Social media, emails, social news and entertainment sites – these are some of the most common causes of distraction and dilly-dallying. If these things are your kryptonite, set strict boundaries for them. Install an app or software that blocks these sites during your work hours, keep your phone or tablet away from you while working, or assign someone to constantly remind you not to check these sites. Try out a variety of methods and choose one that really works for you.
Create a solid schedule; don’t just plan things mentally.
Sure, making a mental checklist might work for you in some cases, but if you really want to be super productive, you have to list your tasks down. This also helps you schedule them according to importance and urgency and even keep the most difficult tasks scheduled during your body clock’s most productive hours. Whether you do it using an app or a physical journal, it’s important to write down your schedule.
Automate boring, repetitive tasks.
You probably don’t notice it, but there are so many things that we do everyday that can be automated. Take a look at all the things you’re currently doing and see if any of them can be automated. Even shaving off a couple of minutes a day by automating one or two of your repetitive tasks can help you increase your productivity by a wide margin.
Don’t overexert yourself.
If you’re already super tired or unable to focus, stop working. Take a short break or just put things off for the next day (if possible). Working while you’re mentally or physically exhausted can lead to shoddy work and slow thinking. This, in turn, leads to doubling your work hours without increasing your finished tasks.
Take good care of your health.
You have to invest in your health. After all, your body and brain are your main tools for accomplishing your goals. Make sure that you eat right and exercise regularly to keep yourself from feeling lethargic. Don’t forget to get at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night as well!
The road to mastering productivity isn’t easy, but these tips can definitely give you a jumpstart on your journey to maximum efficiency. Have any tried-and-tested tips for doing more in less time? Share them with your fellow VAs below!
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