Do you work long hours but never seem to accomplish anything? Then quit wasting your time and improve your productivity. Here’s how:
Leave. Me. Alone.
When working on a time-sensitive task, people likely drop by your cube unannounced. Interruptions pull you away from your focus and end up costing you time. If you’re under the gun to complete a project, make it known that no one should bug you unless the building’s on fire.
One of the most important things to learn in the workplace is delegation. If you don’t, you’ll end up spending precious time and energy on stuff that someone else could easily do. Rely on your colleagues, assistants, and interns to do their fair share. Unless you have a trust fund. If you have a trust fund, quit.
In the workplace and at home, keep a schedule and a to-do list. If you aren’t organized, you’ll end up flitting from task to task in a disjointed way and never get anything done. Develop a set direction and game plan in order to use your time wisely and be as productive as possible. Wait, are you reading this, or writing a memo?
You Irresistible Internet
One of the biggest office time-wasters is the crap on the Web that has nothing to do with work. If you’re surfing for research, fine. But you don’t need to update your Facebook status, answer personal emails, or shop online at your desk. Sorry – the truth hurts.