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5 tips to get your work done
2010-10-18

There are lots of ways to increase your productivity at work. Although, before you can become even more productive, you will have to get your own stuff done first. I'd like to consider a few elementary tips to begin with.

In control

  1. Learn to say "no"

    It may sound egoistic, but you probably won't hurt anybody by simply refusing to do other people's work from time to time. "No" doesn't necessarily mean work denial tentative or pure procrastination. You are the only one who knows if you'll be able to type this report due on Monday when your boss asks you to begin at 17 o'clock on Friday. Don't let the pressure force you to agree on every request. You may find other diplomatic ways to better schedule or modify what has to be done, still satisfiying all the involved parties. Practice saying "no" regularly to get better at it.
  2. Delegate

    Feeling irreplaceable? Try delegating some of your tasks to someone else. You may find out that:
    • you're winning time to get other stuff done,
    • you're gaining influence in relevant topics because of your ability to focus on the important things,
    • you're not really missing the task you've gotten rid of,
    • your colleague is doing pretty well at it, and maybe even enjoying it,
    • all of the above.
  3. Schedule

    To get work done, you'll have to know how to manage your time. Plan your deadlines, keep buffers, batch tasks, etc. You can use any system that works for you.
  4. Secure the zone

    Allow yourself to work in surroundings that help you being productive. Get a separate room if your colleagues are too noisy at the moment, get headphones if music makes you work faster. Know what is good for you and try to apply it as often as possible.
  5. Take a break

    Don't fool yourself! You may work great under pressure... but how long? You are more likely to get your stuff done when you're well rested. Enough sleep, some breaks during the work day, and weekends without torturing your brain with work-related topics are ingredients you'll need.
Now, what are your tips to get your own work done?


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