3 Tips on working smarter, not harder this year
SEATTLE, WA -- Time Yourself. The more you time yourself, and gain more self-awareness into how long a particular type of task takes you, the more time you will be able to actually identify and re-purpose in your schedule.
Don't Start From Scratch. Don't continue to re-invent the wheel. Instead, find and modify templates you've utilized in the past, or find examples and templates online. This allows you to leverage other people or other resources to reach your goal as efficiently and effectively as possible. Leave Yourself A Note. Whenever you need to stop a task before its completion, leave yourself a note. The note should detail where you stopped, so you can jump back in without wasting time backtracking to remind yourself where you left off and what you planned your next step to be.
Create A New Email Strategy. E-mail is one of the largest productivity killers that often leads to people working hard not smart. Create a folder for every day of the week. During the designated time frames in your day for checking emails, either delete new e-mails or place them in the day of the week folder in which you plan to respond. The goal is to never have any emails in your inbox, but have them all delegated to a specific day of the week.