Jordan Bates writes in The Creativity Post 21 tips to working smarter, not harder.
He begins with this quote from H. Jackson Brown Jr.:
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
These tips will help to nudge you in the right direction:
1. Complete most important tasks first.
2. Learn to say “no”.
3. Sleep at least 7 – 8 hours.
4. Devote your entire focus to the task at hand.
5. Get an early start.
6. Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down.
7. Turn key tasks into habits.
8. Be conscientious of amount of TV/Internet/Gaming time.
9. Delineate a time limit in which to complete task.
10. Leave a buffer-time between tasks.
11. Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list.
12. Exercise and eat healthily.
13. Do less.
14. Utilize weekends, just a little bit.
15. Create organizing systems.
16. Do something during waiting time.
17. Lock yourself in.
18. Commit to your plan to do something.
19. Batch related tasks together.
20. Find time for stillness.
21. Eliminate the non-essential.
Can you use any of these?