Ben Yoskovitz is holding a group writing project called The Ultimate Guide to Productivity Char at Essential Keystrokes tagged me to take part. It is also well worth taking a look at Randa Clays secrets to productivity
Its kind of ironic really, Char tagged me for my input on productivity when I was reading her blog and not doing what I was supposed to be doing. Still I guess minor lapses are allowed 🙂 .
I think one of the biggest tips I have is to write everything down – lists, lists, list. At the beginning of the week I create a list of all the live jobs I have and the dates they are due in. Then I try and break that down into days of the week to try and plan in all the work I need to get done I generally do this in quark and keep updating the list but I have created a work planner pdf to show you the method I use. As soon as a job comes in I try to write it down even if its something as simple as remembering to email someone later in the day. I also find that a list makes me far more aware of what I have to do during the day. You set yourself a goal for the day and hopefully you achieve it. Its kind of satisfying to delete things from the list too. There have been a few times I have thought I had done everything I needed to do for the day, glance at my list and realised I have missed something – so although it might sound a bit obsessive it works for me.
If I have a lot of work on I find starting earlier in the morning more effective than working late. When you start early there are no distractions – few emails and no phone calls, whereas I find in the evening you there are many more distractions and it is harder to concentrate.
One other tip that I try not to do too often – is if I am really busy I will turn my email off for an hour or two. Email is incredibly disruptive, a reply here and there, a quick sending someone a logo all adds up to a lot of lost time not used very effectively.
Anyone can take part in writing their tips to productivity, but if any of you have time or are interested I would like to tag –