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Some “Timely” Tips for Improving Your Productivity

March 9, 2014

busterclock3We all have the same number of hours in a day, yet some of us accomplish a lot and others very little.

Following are some simple changes you can make in your daily routine that are sure to give your productivity a boost:

Plan ahead—A little planning can go a long way and keeps you from constantly being in reactive mode. Take 15 minutes each Sunday night to review the week ahead. Then take just 5 minutes each evening to review the next day’s schedule. You’ll be more efficient and less anxious about getting things done.

Take care of the most difficult tasks first—When we procrastinate and let the most challenging projects hang over our head, the resulting stress hurts our ability to focus on what we’re trying to do currently. Tackle the big things first and you’ll be energized. The momentum will carry you forward through the rest of the day.

Focus on one thing at a time—Multitasking reduces focus and robs each task of your undivided attention, making it harder to do your best work.

Reduce touch points—Try to avoid going back-and-forth between tasks before finishing them. The fewer times you touch an item, the more productive you become.

Learn to say “no”—Your time is your most important resource. Say no to less important things, so you are free to conquer those that matter most.

Take a break—Our bodies are built for intense periods of performance, followed by a little rest—ideally 90 minutes of total focus followed by a 10-minute break.

Reduce distractions—Carve out distraction-free time, and put aside anything that can be dealt with later. You don’t have to answer every incoming text or email immediately.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. Be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com; and “like” us on Facebook.

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Keep Time On Your Side

November 16, 2013

Being able to manage time effectively can help reduce stress, improve productivity and give us a sense of having control over our lives.

There are any number of strategies you can experiment with to help you manage your time well whether you are a student, parent, retiree, self-employed, or a corporate executive. Here is just a sampling:

  • Focus on the big picture. Have and follow a personal mission statement and check occasionally to be sure that your activities are you helping you achieve your goals.
  • Get organized. Utilize time-saving tools such as appointment calendars, to-do lists, file folders.
  • Plan your day ahead of time. Prioritize daily tasks and keep a schedule of daily activities to minimize conflicts and last-minute rushes.
  • Do the most difficult work first, perhaps breaking it up with some easier tasks.
  • Say no to nonessential tasks. Consider your goals and schedule before agreeing to take on additional work.
  • Break large, time-consuming tasks into smaller tasks. Work on them a few minutes at a time until you get them all done.
  • Limit distractions. Block out time on your calendar for big projects. During that time, close your door and turn off your phone and email.
  • Take a break when needed. Too much stress can derail your attempts at getting organized. When you need a break, take one. Take a walk. Do some quick stretches at your workstation.
  • Be flexible—The unexpected happens (sickness, car troubles, etc.); you need to be able to fit it into your schedule.
  • Know who and when to ask for help when needed.

Optiminds’ customized programs include time management training, as well as life strategy skills, problem solving and critical thinking.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: jstewart@optimindsct.com. And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at: optimindsct.com.


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