Whether you work from a coffee shop or have to bring work home, there’s usually a lot of time spent procrastinating and dreading the inevitable. While you might think this is a little harmless ritual, not only does it waste your time, but it also gives you unnecessary stress during a time when you should be relaxing. So, in order to save time and give you peace of mind, you have to work. Here are some tips for working efficiently.
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Make a Thorough Plan
Many of us simply aren’t planners because we feel we will always do things on the fly and do it without wasting time on planning. It sounds good in theory, but planning significantly increases your productivity. Instead of wondering what you should do next, a plan keeps you going and motivated. For every few hours you plan, you save time not having to think of what to work on.
In your thorough plans, you should always have bolded letters that read, “Break!” Although it might seem counterintuitive to take a break, these short reprieves from work will help give you much-needed rest. A quick break gives you a boost, so you remain productive instead of tiring out and getting little work done.
Incentives work very well when you’re trying to encourage yourself to keep pace with a strict schedule. Breaks are a good reward, but it gives an additional boost and push when you reward yourself with something extra. The reward will obviously depend on you, but examples of these little rewards include having ice cream after dinner or going on a short walk.
Remove All Distractions
While technology is definitely a positive aspect of society, it’s also one of the biggest enemies of work. Turning off every unnecessary electronic is a great way to keep yourself focused on your work. That means turning off the television, silencing the cellphone or shutting down the computer.
Get a computer program that blocks distracting sites, too.
For many people, turning the computer off is not an option since the work is done over the Internet. That means Facebook, Twitter and other distracting sites are a mere click away. Fortunately, there are a number of programs and applications designed to help you stay away from luring sites. They work by temporarily blocking the sites for a set amount of time while you’re supposed to be working away. Then, you’re able to see them again after you’re done.
Tim Martinez Jr. is a freelance writer and blogs about a variety of topics, including bird baths for the official blog of Backyard Chirper.
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