Peak productivity means being able to manage your time and workload effectively, this means keeping away from time suckers (like the TV) and focusing on getting the things that need to get done.
I have several tips for you to achieve peak productivity, again these can be used to run your own internet business or in the professional world if you’re working.
- Work on a single task at a time. Although we are living in a multi-tasking world, multi-tasking isn’t always the best solution. There is a post over at Tim Garys website called “Multitasking Makes You Stupid and Slow” – it does lead you to another post, but the time spent reading will open your eyes. You should always work on the one task that will provide the greatest benefit/value or highest possible return.
Example – as a Director of Operations I’m faced with dozens of little tasks every day, I need to prioritize these tasks otherwise I’d be spinning my wheels all day. As I evaluate each task, I decide what will give me the greatest benefit and what will benefit my department the most and then work on those tasks. An example could be working on process re-engineering versus approving refunds. I can prioritize and in fact can delegate the refund approval process but I can not delegate the task or process re-engineering. The re-engineering will net me and my team greater value than spending my time approving refunds. See what I mean?
- Stick with the task at hand! This comes back to multi-tasking. Complete the task, no matter how difficult or unpleasent it is. This will require strong will on your part, but in the end the payoff is worth it.
- Go to the next most important item on your list, focus on that task 100% before going onto the next item and so on.
- Work on those tasks that will bring unique value. Delegate the rest of the tasks. This form of leverage can be very effective.
Think of it this way. As you were putting yourself through school, did you spend time worrying about cutting the lawn or other “chores”? You probably wanted to spend the maximum amount of time on your studies, so it was acceptable to hire the neighbors kid to cut your lawn… I see it this way as well. Isn’t my time more valuable doing something productive which will bring me value or should I use my time to do something that I could pay someone $5/hr or even $10/hr to do for me? I think the answer is obvious.
- Transform downtime into productive time. What is the time you are at your peak productivity? Mine is early morning. Do your most demanding tasks during this time, then use other less productive time to perhaps brainstorm new product ideas, following up on e-mails or comments on your blog or if you work then use this time to complete pending phone calls or schedule meetings during this time.
I have several more peak productivity tips, and will share them with you over the next few days.