When it comes to being more productive, there are many time-saving skills you can adopt.You can work in 30-minute increments, for example, or attempt to eliminate distractions for set periods of time.Here, career experts share 7 ways to be more productive and manage your time better.There are countless ways to be more productive. Making “to-do lists” and working in 30-minute increments are two common approaches. However, some productivity methods work better than others and can save you time in the process.”These days, we feel like we have less time than ever and in some very real ways, we do,” Erica Keswin, a workplace strategist, former executive coach, and author of the book “Bring Your Human to Work” said “Because of 24/7 technology and the barrage of ‘to-dos’ that come at us via email and text, it’s hard to keep our priorities straight.”Keswin said the key is being more careful about what you want to pay attention to. “Otherwise, we’re very likely to get sucked into the wrong or most immediate things,” she said. “I always tell people to start by asking yourself this one important question: ‘Does your calendar reflect your values?'”Here, career experts share their 7 favorite tips on how to be more productive and manage your time better.
- PLAN THE NIGHT BEFORE
Before going to bed, I always take time to prepare for tomorrow. I look at my schedule and see what appointments I have or deadlines I need to meet. I prep the coffee maker and sometimes make my “to-do” list the night before. A little planning goes a long way.
Marcos Jacober, CEO of Life Hacks Wealthand expert on real estate investment
- WAKE UP EARLY
When you wake up early , you have more time to plan and get organized for the day ahead. Completing tasks on your “to-do” list early on frees up time later in your day. By the time I get to the office at 7:30 a.m., I’ve already looked at my schedule, grabbed Starbucks, and attended a fitness class.—Ben Gold, president of QuickBridge, a privately-held financial services firm
- FIGURE OUT YOUR MAIN GOAL
Decide what your main goal or objective is — think long-term. The main reason people lose track of their time and day is because they don’t have a clear objective or goal. So if something comes across your desk that doesn’t jive with your goals, it’s a pretty firm and easy, “No,” “Not right now,” or “Someone else is better suited to handle this.”Tom Murry, the retired CEO of Calvin Klein
- CHOOSE THREE TO FIVE “TO DO” TASKS PER DAY
What I always come back to and always recommend to others is the simple “to-do” list and not letting it get too long. Then select three to five of those things each day to accomplish. You’ll stay productive without getting overwhelmed.Brie Reynolds, senior career specialist at FlexJobs
- CREATE A CALENDAR SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Create a calendar system that works for you then use it and check it several times a day! It’s impossible to stay organized and on top of your game if you’re unsure about the date, time, and place of your deadlines, meetings, and other work responsibilities. As the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.”Teague Simoncic , career and lifestyle coach with Ama La Vida
- PRIORITIZE YOUR OBJECTIVES
Make a list of all of your goals and objectives, then put a value on them. Order your goals accordingly and do the biggest, hardest, most important tasks first. As Mark Twain once said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”Tom Murry, the retired CEO of Calvin Klein
- LIMIT DISTRACTIONS
Limit distractions so you can stay focused on the task at hand. This means not just limiting your use of social media, but also not having 15-minute conversations in the break room as a form of procrastination; even close your door if people often just pop in to have a chat.Teague Simoncic , career and lifestyle coach with Ama La Vida