Book: Getting Work Done
The first step to getting work done is evaluating your current productivity. Track your activities, prioritize, and log your work so you can see where inefficiencies lie and where your goals aren’t being met.
Schedule tasks, helpful to-do lists, organize virtual and physical space in order to achieve better focus, train yourself in better habits, routines and work more effectively with others.
Although improving your productivity requires time and effort upfront, you’ll accomplish more longterm, more deliberately, and calmly. You’ll handle distractions and improve focus. With the following steps, you can improve your productivity:
Resist the urge to be drawn to urgency over priority. Take a stock of your work. Busyness can be a dangerous way to make up for lack of purpose or a feeling that you aren’t a good fit within a particular role or organization. Schedule your day and focus on productivity, not busyness. Admit to yourself that it might be time to improve the way you work. Put a system in place to organize your work, aid focus and give you time and attention for the work that contributes to your personal goals and KPIs
Identify the most important work you need to do then figure out when to do it.
Organize your goals, priorities, and space. Find routines that work.
Identify what’s leading you astray and maintain better control of your attention.
Getting Work Done by Havard Business Review is one of the books in the 20-Minute Manager series. Interested in getting the book? Buy it here.