- Prioritize important tasks
At the commencement of each day, ensure that you have a list of tasks that are important and urgent. Ensure that priority is given to most important task that will have most outcome or influence on your goals. Prioritizing helps to identify most important tasks in order to do those tasks as soon as possible.
- Have a schedule of the important tasks
Always have a notebook where all important tasks that come to mind are written down. The aim of this is to identify as many tasks as possible that require your attention. Schedule or assign time to do the task based on priority and goals. Tasks which do not contribute to the immediate goals can be postponed or scheduled to be done after the most important tasks are complete.
- Have Deadlines
According to Parkinson’s law time expands to fill the available time. The longer the deadline, the more the time it takes to accomplish the task because the task expands to suit the time that it has been allocated. Whenever there is a task that requires completion, always assign a realistic deadline and stick to that deadline. This helps one to do more tasks as deadline creates limits and ensures that tasks do not take long to be accomplished.
- Do not procrastinate
Ensure that tasks that you have assigned yourself are completed on time. Do not postpone doing tasks that you can complete within the day. Procrastination is a productivity killer. It wastes time and energy. To avoid procrastination, stick to one task until you are done before moving on to the next.
- Avoid Multitasking
Avoid doing more than one task at any given time. Each task should be done with undivided attention until it is complete. Multitasking divides the energy and focus. It makes every of the tasks being multi tasked take longer than the scheduled time.