We haven’t quite put the finishing touches on our time machine yet, but we do have some other quick and easy ways to help you accomplish more at the office:
- Make it a habit. Try to work on things at the same time every day — early morning inbox organization, mid afternoon phone calls, and lunch-hour “essential” social networking.
- To-do, or not to-do. This one’s a two-for. Make a to-do list each morning of just the tasks you plan to accomplish that day (don’t get distracted by tomorrow’s projects or next week’s meeting). Also make a list of things not to do, like, say, check Facebook or get involved in the office-wide debate on new vending machine fare.
- Stay focused. Multitasking doesn’t really work, so skip it. Focus your attention on one task before trying to accomplish another.
- Time it. Set an amount of time to work on a project, and when the time’s up, move on. Whether it’s five minutes or two hours, the time crunch well help you stay focused.
Read on for more than 20 additional easy tips.
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