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3 Ways to Increase Productivity – For Free!

Written by on October 29, 2012 in Business - No comments

A lot of business enhancements require capital, but fortunately there is one thing that you can improve for free: your own productivity. To accomplish more in your average workday, follow these tips to develop good work habits.

1)      Wake up early

It’s an unfortunate truth for many of us, but an early wakeup can get your day off to a great start and help you save time throughout the morning. Waking up early allows a few minutes to get organized and take care of tasks that otherwise wait for the end of the day, even things like washing and putting away breakfast dishes. Moreover, getting an early start can save time on one of the primary drains on daily productivity. If you commute to work, leaving your house a little early can help you beat the last-minute traffic rush. Extra time at work in the morning can pay off with a more productive day, especially when you get started before any distractions develop.

2)      Start taking notes

Adding a new task may seem like a strange way to make yourself more productive, but go ahead and put this one on your to-do-list: write things down. Keep a calendar of appointments and lists of tasks and projects that need attention. Keeping a planner with this information helps many people visualize what they can realistically get done with the time available for them, and it is much easier to manage long term projects with a running list of individual actions that need to be completed. Taking notes on your ideas, appointments and plans requires a few minutes, but it saves time overall by providing direction and clarity.

3)      Do one thing at a time

We all wish we could do two things at once, but when you need to get more done in less time, multitasking actually slows you down. Instead of seeing individual tasks to completion, multitasking divides your ability to focus on any one task, so you’re more likely to leave things unfinished or waste time mentally shifting between activities. If you must work on two things, go ahead and take a few minutes to work on one, and then take care of the other. You won’t be able to magically get two things done at one time this way, but you will really accomplish more in the same amount of time.

What habits help you do more in less time? Share them with us below.

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Sarah works with the ShareFile marketing team to gather, organize and share awesome stories from happy ShareFile users. With a background in account management and customer service, Sarah says she “totally geeks out” when she gets to talk about our clients, product features and ShareFile culture.