For today’s busy professionals, productivity is everything. With deadlines looming, product launches coming at us left and right, and a never-ending list of work to complete, it’s absolutely essential to get that work done at the right pace, with the right mindset and to the right level of quality.
There are hundreds of methods out there to improve personal productivity, but all too often they involve sacrificing work quality or lifestyle to achieve. These three tips are completely different.
They’re not about churning out bad work at breakneck speed, they’re about maximizing work speed and quality.
Personal Productivity Tip #1: Use mini to-do lists to boost output.
Sometimes you need affirmation and confirmation that you’re getting work done. By writing simple to-do lists for yourself, you can give yourself a visual confirmation of the amount of work that you’ve achieved, and clearly lay out what you still need to complete.
Try it for yourself — simply make a short list of items on a piece of paper and tick them off as you complete each milestone. Try to keep each list under five items, for too many will cause you to procrastinate and put off work.
Personal Productivity Tip #2: Work at your peak hours.
Sometimes we just don’t feel like working. For some people, there’s a daily cycle of activity, work quality, and personal motivation.
Instead of trying to change these behaviors, it’s often best to work with them. Find your peak working hours and work within them to maximize your productivity and output.
Personal Productivity Tip #3: Don’t use too many tools.
There are hundreds of tools out there that promise to increase personal productivity, but very few of them really do.
Sure, you may speed up some aspects of your work, but more often than not you end up investing too much time in the tool to see any benefit.
Pick and choose your productivity aids carefully, and don’t invest too much of yourself in the assistance of productivity tools.