1. Think critically about your routines
We are all creatures of habit. Take a moment to think about your routines. Ask yourself whether your current routines can stand some improvement. If so, find new methods or processes that could improve your efficiency. This could be as simple as using a better note taking app, using a more efficient software, cutting down on television time, etc.
2.Work in short bursts
Working 10 hours straight sounds impressive, but in reality would be taxing on one’s mental energy. Short breaks in between continuous computer-mediated work can increase a worker’s efficiency.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management process developed towards the end of the 1980s. The technique assumes that people work better in sprints separated by breaks rather than working continuously for long periods of time.
How to use the Pomodoro Technique:
- Time yourself to work for 1 Pomodoro, which lasts 25 minutes
- Take a 5 – 10 minute break between each Pomodoro
- Take a longer 15 – 30 minute break every 3 – 4 Pomodoros
- Minimize all distractions during the Pomodoro
- If a thought is important, write it down and get back to the task at hand
3. Minimize distractions and avoid multi-tasking
Since time is the most valuable resource, make use of your time wisely by minimizing distractions and focusing on one task at a time. There have been studies that prove multi-tasking decreases efficiency in comparison with completing the tasks individually. As the complexity of the tasks increases, the time lost by multi-tasking increases in unison. Simple steps such as muting your mobile phone can do wonders for improving your efficiency.