This time of year, most people focus what they need to get done and try to figure out how to improve productivity. Every person has the exact same 24 hours per day, so in order to accomplish everything you want to do (especially if you have kids), it’s important to figure out how to improve productivity. I often find myself pulled in several different directions, and without a good foundation, it’s easy to get off track. Here are five personal productivity tips that have helped me.
How to Improve Productivity: 5 Personal Productivity Tips
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A place for everything
This is VERY important. Make sure that you have a place for everything, because disorganization is a huge waste of time. You don’t want to be spending your precious minutes searching for something that is lost. Set yourself up for success by developing an organization system that works for you. Here are a few resources:
Know your schedule
I carry a paper planner, but any system works – as long as you use it. I recommend reviewing your schedule each Sunday so that you know what to expect for the week, and then each morning. I try to assign out tasks to specific days when I look at my schedule on the weekends. Then, in the mornings, I schedule tasks by specific time. I always choose 3-4 essential things and make sure that those are done.
Carry your planner with you, so that you can schedule things on the go. Be sure to include important dates in your planner – things like school vacations, half-days, important deadlines, and kids’ activities and sports.
With modern technology, it can be easy to get roped into working 24/7. Set your boundaries, and know your schedule and availability before committing to anything. Don’t let guilt make decisions for you.
Lots of productivity books will recommend that you get up early and work before the rest of your family wakes up. But while that may work for some people, it won’t necessarily work for everyone. Know yourself, and know when you are most productive. For me, I prefer to stay up at night, but save the evening for easier tasks.
Have the right tools
You don’t have to spend a fortune, but you should have a system that works. Design your home office to be efficient, so that everything is right at your fingertips. I definitely recommend having a filing cabinet or some other filing system for paperwork. Also be sure that all of your obligations and important dates are recorded in a calendar, whether it’s an online system or a paper planner (these are the paper planners that I recommend). I also like to color code my schedule, and here are the pens I like best.