Wednesday, March 14, 2012

10 Things To Make Your Day More Productive

1) Wake up early. This will give you more time to get going in the morning and get things done. But make sure you get enough sleep by going to bed a little earlier. 

2) Time things. Many people take too much time doing things, like showering and getting ready in the morning. Set a schedule and stick to it.

3) Plan your clothing the night before. Put whatever you're going to wear to one side of your closet, or folded neatly on a chair.

4) Never run just one errand. Try to always combine at least two to three errands in one trip. Start with the errand furthest away, and then work your way back. There are even smartphone apps to help you plan your trips and even remind you of something you have to do as you get close.

5) Plan your day. Make and use lists. Don't try to remember everything you have to do. Always jot down tasks, errands, things to pick up, etc. Use a smartphone with reminder apps. Use a To-Do list and prioritize things. Check your schedule and to-do list every morning and create a daily priority list. Organize things for the day. At the end of the day, take a few minutes to make sure you are organized for the following day. 
See more tips from Ben Franklin here. 

6) Cook enough for two meals. Put the other half away for a quick meal later. You can also do big cooking or preparation on a weekend and pack it up for the week.

7) Clean and organize as you go. Don't wait until things pile up and you need a full day to do it.

8) Enlist help. Get others to help you out with tasks. 

9) Set aside a specific time and amount of time to return your phone calls, email, social networking etc. That way you don't waste time that should be spent on priorities. Try to eliminate interruptions when ever possible.

10) Reward yourself for a job well done. Take a quick, 15 miin, break in the morning and afternoon to recharge yourself. Make sure you have free time planned into your days or evenings to give yourself time to relax and recharge.


Taking organizing and planning lessons from Ben Franklin - great tips for educators too

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