10 Tips to Be More Productive & Do More in Less Time

(Last Updated On: March 28, 2018)

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, needs no introduction. His net worth stood at $20.3 billion as of December 22, 2017, according to Forbes. But did you know what else Musk is famous for? For being extremely productive.

In an interview to CNBC, Elon Musk said, “Focus on signal over noise. Don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t actually make things better.” Productivity is the key to success, both in you professional and personal life. This is the only way you can fit in the maximum into each 24 hours.

10 Ways You Can Get More Done in Less Time

Here are a few hacks that can help boost your productivity, helping you to get as much as possible done in each day.

Do not begin your day by checking e-mails:

What? Why? You must be screaming on the inside, since checking emails is what most of us do each morning. However, morning is a time when our energy levels are at their peak. You would not want to waste that time on something that you can do during the not-so-productive hours in the afternoon.

Never wait for the perfect conditions to begin a task:

“I will start this when I am feeling more energetic, maybe tomorrow”, “I’ll start studying this weekend, after I clear the study desk,” and so on. We all have great reasons to procrastinate. However, the reality is that the conditions will never be perfect. If you don’t take the first step right away, you could get stuck in the vicious cycle of procrastination.

Follow the 80/20 rule:

This one’s my favorite. Like many others, I like to focus on the small amount of input that contributes to a larger amount of output, which is what the 80/20 rule is. The rule states that 80% of our achievements come from 20% of our activities or inputs. So, check your To Do list for the day and choose the tasks that will lead to the completion of 80% of your targets for the day. The rest can be done later.

Follow a routine:

Although routine might be seen as a creativity killer, sometimes you it to get things done. Follow a strict daily routine to accomplish things that can help you improve as a person, such as exercising or reading books.

Learn to say NO:

Please, accept this, you cannot say yes to every request. Moreover, not all commitments can contribute value to your life. Saying yes to everything that comes your way will only make you hate the work, while creating anxiety and guilt about not being able to accomplish what you really want to.

Stop multi-tasking:

“Smart people don’t multi-task.”

This is what an article by Entrepreneur declared. This 2017 article stated that multi-tasking not only kills your performance but may even damage your brain, since you are troubling your brain to organize more thoughts and filter out irrelevant information.

Eliminate distractions:

What is distraction? Distraction is anything that takes your attention away from the task at hand. It could be your phone, e-mails or even the conversation your colleagues are having.

Use a timer:

According to Parkinson’s Law, “Work will fill the time available for its completion.” This means that our mind is in the habit of stretching the work to its maximum possible limit, which is the biggest productivity killer. Time box your tasks and follow your set deadlines. It will help you to think fast and act even faster.

Use productivity hacks and tools:

Who said that you have to finish all the work all by yourself? You can get help. Technology has given us multiple tools and software to achieve things faster. Why not find something that can do the same for you?

Use your most productive hours to finish important tasks:

If you ask me, I am a highly productive person in the mornings. After which, my energy levels start to decline. Like me, every person has their own productive hours. Get to know when you are at your most productive, and use that time to complete those 80% tasks I talked about earlier.

Set goals for your personal and professional life, and use these productivity hacks to attain more each day. It can be a very satisfying feeling.