By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Ways to increase your efficiency.
Do you struggle to get things done? Do you wish you could be more efficient?
Being efficient requires systems and it requires practicing them until they become routine.
Consider incorporating some of these efficiency tips into your daily life.
Get more done by making lists.
Making lists helps you in several ways. When you try to remember too many things you are likely to forget some things. It’s easy to get so busy with the day-to-day tasks that important things don’t get done. Not having something on your list can result in arriving at a deadline without having begun what you needed to do.
You can increase your efficiency by prioritizing things. Begin with the things that you must do today. Avoid spending a lot of time on small things which can eat up your day without accomplishing anything. Some large tasks may need to be broken up into smaller components so that you can do them a little of that time.
Make a schedule.
Efficient people make schedules and stick to them. Allow enough time for each thing that you plan to do. Make sure you include in your schedule time to get from one place or appointment to another. In making a schedule, try to be realistic. Do not over schedule. Machines that are pushed too close to their limit breakdown, so do people.
Do the hard things first.
Make it a point to tackle the most difficult thing on your list as soon as possible. Do the hard things early when you are full of energy. Few people have unlimited willpower. Making yourself do things you don’t want to do requires a lot of willpower. Don’t squander your willpower on minor things use it for the tough chores.
Don’t expect to be perfect.
All aspects of the things you are doing are not equally important. Get clear on which things you need to do well and which things have room for error. Spending too much time trying to send one perfect e-mail can result in not getting all the emails answered. Perfectionism is an enemy of productivity. Don’t use perfectionism as an excuse for not getting anything done.
Take time for both short-term and long-term planning.
Investing a little time in planning can pay big dividends in the long run. Good planning identifies which items will take longer and which things you need to do first. Decide which things need doing in the short-term. Long-term goals require setting up a list of steps that you were doing to work towards them. Time spent planning will reduce the time needed to be productive.
Keep your commitments or don’t make them.
If you fail to keep your commitments, you confuse yourself and others. Be clear on which things you genuinely intend to follow through on. People with too many things on their to-do lists often fail to complete any of their intended tasks.
Take care of your tools – especially yourself, eat, sleep, and exercise.
Invest some time in taking care of the equipment that helps you. Trying to work with broken equipment is unproductive. Self-care is especially important if you want to stay efficient. You can’t be particularly efficient if you don’t eat when needed, get some exercise, and get adequate sleep.
Focus on solutions, not problems; stay in positivity.
Spending a lot of time looking at problems is unproductive. When facing a problem, look for a solution. Positive can-do people are much more efficient. Highly productive people look at challenges as opportunities, not obstacles
Make every day Thanksgiving, be grateful.
Approaching things in a positive manner makes you more productive, more efficient, and a lot happier doing the things you do. Be grateful for what you have. Remember to express thanks for the good things that happen to you.
Staying connected with David Joel Miller
Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!
My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.
Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.
Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.
As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.
Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.
Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.
Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.
Planned Accidents The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.
Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.
What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?
Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.
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