Complete most important tasks first. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete and do those first.
Learn to say “no”. Only take on those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.
Sleep at least 7-8 hours. Most people need 7 – 8 hours of sleep for their bodies and minds to function optimally. Don’t underestimate the value of sleep. Listen to your body.
Devote your entire focus to the task at hand. Close out all other browser windows. Put your phone away, out of sight and on silent. Immerse yourself on this one task.
Get an early start. It’s much nicer and less stressful to get an earlier start on something. Just firmly decide to do it.
Don’t allow unimportant details to drag you down. Push past the desire to constantly examine what you’ve done so far. Press onward, get the bulk completed and revise things afterwards.
Turn key tasks into habits. Turn your regular tasks into habits so that they become routine in your day. They can then become natural and enjoyable.
Be conscientious of amount of TV/internet/gaming time. Be aware of how much time you spend on these activities.
Delineate a time limit in which to compete a task. The time constraint will push you to focus and be more efficient.
Leave a buffer-time between tasks. Allow yourself time between tasks. Take a break, go for a short walk, meditate, or perform some other mind-clearing exercise.
Don’t think of the totality of your to-do list. Focus on the one task before you. One step at a time.
Exercise and eat healthily. Exercising and eating healthily boost energy levels, clear your mind and allow you to focus more easily.
Do less. Slow down and concentrate on the things that need to be done, the things that create more value.
Utilize weekends, just a little bit. Doing just a little bit on weekends can lessen the workload during the week.
Create organizing systems. Streamline, streamline, streamline. Create a filing system for documents. Make sure all items have a place to be stored.
Do something during waiting time. Find things to do during down-times like waiting rooms, lines in the supermarket or travelling.
Lock yourself in. Sometimes it is the only way you are going to get something done, with no distractions, no excuses.
Commit to your plan to do something. Be resolute, be committed. Be professional and follow through.
Batch related tasks together. Group like tasks and do them consecutively. Different tasks demand different types of thinking.
Find time for stillness. Discovering time in your life for silence and non-motion reduces anxiety and shows you that there is no need to constantly rush. It also makes your work more pleasurable.
Eliminate the non-essential. Identify the excess in your life and remove it. You will become more and more in touch with what is significant and what deserves your time.
Enjoyment should always be the goal. Work can be play.