1. Organization – Make a checklist. Start your day by looking at the list of tasks you need to accomplish. Unfortunately, we can’t keep everything in our head and getting the list on paper, or using an online organizer will increase your productivity.
2. Limit distractions – You may need to block facebook and other distracting websites. Use headphones to tune out nearby conversations. We actually don’t multitask, our brains switch between tasks frequently. We are not as productive when we switch tasks, as when we are focused one thing at a time.
3. Get rid of Easy Tasks – Take some time to get the easy and simple tasks checked off your list. If it will take less than 5 minutes to complete, just do it right away and get it done.
4. Prioritize – Always know your deadlines and what needs to be done when. Be mindful of sequencing and how your tasks impact other people. You may need to accomplish some things earlier because it is needed by another team member.
5. Use In-person conversation when possible – Problems can be solved much faster when you are working together, without a lag created through email. Additionally, it’s easy to misinterpret things via email, but when talking in person, questions can be asked and answers clarified to be sure everyone is working together.
6. Take breaks – Go to lunch! When you let your brain relax, you will be more productive when you return to the project. Stress reduction will give you better insight to the problems and allow you to get more accomplished.
7. Routine – We love patterns, create one that works best for you. Some people do best when they accomplish their hardest tasks first thing in the morning. Others will work better if they write emails first. Find out what is best for you and follow it whenever possible.