Seven Ways to Increase Your Efficiency
A very simple definition of efficiency reads: Efficiency is the ability to be productive by maximising use of resources.
Everyone wants to increase efficiency, and here are a few simple ways to do so…
1. Track your day – use a time log
A good starting point is to track how you spend your time daily. Keep a time log – hourly or half hourly - of the daily tasks you perform over a period of 2 to 3 days which will help you develop a personal sense of time.
Identify your high energy and low energy times, and your time wasters.
2. Prioritize your tasks
List your tasks and classify them into four: Urgent and important, not urgent and important, urgent but not important, and not urgent and not important.
Focus only on the tasks in the first two categories. From these, generate your to-do lists.
3. Make realistic to-do lists
Make to-do lists that are realistic. Assign duration times against each task. Make sure to leave cushion and buffer times, and time for breaks.
4. Learn to say “no” assertively
Don’t take on more than you have to. Watch out for people who want to dump their own work on you, and learn to say no in an assertive manner.