One of the best ways to improve your productivity is to change your approach to how you tackle tasks. Here are some tips to help you get started.
Work in short bursts to maximize your output
Just as a car can’t run at top speed all the time, you can’t be optimally effective during your whole work schedule. Achieve more by knowing when to stop. BubblesPlanner comes with Sprints that empower you to use your available time and energy optimally.
Set a timer for every task, even the easiest ones
When you have to work against a deadline, you are more likely to focus on the task at hand and get it done. Deadlines are positive constrains that boost productivity regardless of the type of task you need to complete.
Get rid of distractions
Research shows that even brief interruptions like phone or email notifications can have a negative impact on your productivity. Co-workers, too, can be a distraction if they burst in on you while you’re working on a task. Distractions can’t be avoided – they can only be prevented. That’s why you need to set up your workspace in a way that protects you from all distractions.
Complete the hardest tasks first
This is a golden rule of task management. But today, in the era of social media, it’s harder to follow than ever. You may be tempted to begin by checking your email, your social accounts, or doing light tasks that give you an almost instant sense of accomplishment. However, for maximum productivity in the long-term, do the hardest tasks first.
Assign the right tasks to the right people at the right time
A task can be completed faster, and often with better results, if it is handled by the right person at the right time. Let’s imagine you have to solve a technical issue on your website, something to do with your payment processing solution. You happen to have two web developers on your team with relatively the same experience behind them. While both can solve the problem, one of them can solve it half as quickly because he or she has encountered it before. But how can you tell which is the best team member for each particular tasks? Consider creating a Backlog of all the tasks that need to be done. Share it with all your team members. In this way, they can tell you if they are especially good at a particular task.