To improve your productivity, it’s important to remember one thing: work smarter, not harder.
When it comes to productivity, we’re all in the same boat, constantly trying to find ways to get things done faster without sacrificing on quality. It’s for this very reason that business savvy developers have come up with fantastic productivity apps such as Evernote and Dropbox. Use them. Take advantage of these time savers, and heed the following tips.
To stay productive, planning is essential, and to plan properly, you need lists. Too many lists will drive you crazy, as will writing them on the nearest napkin, so streamline your planning with an app like Remember the Milk.
Everything will go onto one of these lists, and looking at your workload like this should help you prioritize.
Keep your lists in one place. Apps such as Evernote (that sync across all your devices) are great places for keeping to do lists, as well as whatever other inspiration you stumble across throughout the day. Which leads nicely onto the next tip…
We’re only human. Procrastination is inevitable, but it’s often a result of poor planning. By putting measures in place to combat procrastination, your productivity will increase:
Saving your files to the cloud will in turn save you time. No matter where you are, or what device you’re using, by utilizing the cloud you will always be working on the most up-to-date version of whatever you’re doing. You can even use it to work collaboratively.
This is a productivity tip that we’re all guilty of forgetting. You cannot work productively if you’re running on empty. Business greats like Sir Richard Branson advocate working out, getting enough sleep, eating properly and taking time for yourself to help keep you at the top of your game. Do not take on more work than you can do, and don’t waste time trying to be perfect.
If, after you’ve tried all of these tips you’re still not living up to your productivity potential, then read Simply Business’ productivity guide for even more tips on increasing your efficiency. Or read Brit journalist Charlie Brooker’s thoughts on productivity apps, so you can at least laugh at yourself during the self-improvement process.
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