Do you find it impossible to meet deadlines? Do you work so much that you don’t have time to spend with your family? Do you feel like you do nothing but work? Then learn with me how to be a faster worker. You will finish your work on time, and with the efficiency that characterizes you. Let’s see,
Tips on how to be a faster worker
The key to being more productive is to increase the pace not the hours of work and to achieve this I give you some tips that will help you to be a faster worker.
Love your work
The ideal is to work in what you love, but unfortunately not everyone has that joy. If this is your case, I recommend you to love what you do. That’s right, look for the positive side of your current job and train yourself to discover aspects that you surely didn’t know.
If you love your job, you will enjoy it and you will be a faster worker. You will meet deadlines without delay. In addition, you will find that organizing, planning and executing the task will be so exciting that you will feel encouraged to get started and move forward.
Now, while enjoying your work is fine, it’s important to maintain a balance, because when your passion for your work oversteps your boundaries, it can cause you to work longer hours than necessary. This does not benefit your physical and emotional health.
Stick to your schedule
Set a schedule that you can stick to and stick to it. Maintain the routine and evaluate if it requires any changes to improve your performance. The schedule should be flexible and realistic.
It is also imperative that you keep your calendar in order. When I talk about tidying up your calendar, I mean cutting down on non-essential commitments. To help you, you can make a list of all the commitments you have; take out the most important ones and eliminate the rest.
It is also important that you know your schedule well to avoid committing yourself during working hours. Something that can help you is to always have your agenda with you and respect your schedule. Learning to say no is essential to learn how to be a faster worker.
Make a list of your daily goals
Not setting goals for the day promotes procrastination and prevents you from prioritizing the most important tasks. Therefore, I recommend that each morning before you start work you make a list of goals and tasks.
Cross them off as you finish them, this action, although it may seem insignificant, will motivate you to finish your work on time. This way you will become a faster worker.
But this is not the only benefit, it will also help you not to overlook any task, you will be able to prioritize the most important tasks, you will have more organization and it will allow you to evaluate your progress.
You can use an agenda or mobile application to set your daily goals and cross them off. You have a variety of options at your disposal.
Organize your tasks by difficulty
It is always better to start with the most difficult tasks and leave the easiest ones last. It also works for the tasks you like and the ones you don’t like so much. This way you will be able to do them when you are more active and willing.
The advantage of doing it this way is that you will not delay the task unnecessarily and at the end of the day you will have accomplished everything, which will contribute to your sense of accomplishment.
Take short breaks
Taking breaks in the middle of your work helps you stay focused and protects the health of your eyesight. A popular and efficient method is the pomodoro technique. It consists of establishing a short period of work (25-minute pomodoro) and then a rest period (5 minutes). After four pomodoros, a longer rest period (10 or 15 minutes) is established.
When the body works in this way, it maintains a progressive rhythm that allows you to finish your work on time. It is also healthy because you can take advantage of the breaks to stretch your body, rest your eyes, drink water and clear your mind.
If you find it difficult, you can use an App to put this technique into practice. These applications alert you with an alarm when it is time to rest and when to resume work. They are very easy to set up.
Mobile notifications is the main source of distraction that delays the delivery of work. You think you’re just going to look at the mail you’ve been sent, but you end up looking at your social networks and WhatsApp statuses.
The best thing to do is to turn off notifications on your device during work periods. Leave them for when you’ve finished at least four pomodoros. Now, keep in mind that if during the break you look at a message that forces you to switch tasks, you will lose focus on the current work. Therefore, if task switching can wait until you finish your work, it is best to leave it until the end.
A useful recommendation is to determine a schedule for checking emails and messages. This way we will avoid losing concentration during working hours. Remember that if the message is a new task you should add it to the task list for the current day or the next day. However, if the task involves a couple of minutes, it is not necessary to add it but to do it at the same time.
Evaluate your productivity
Once you put these recommendations into practice for at least a week it is important that you evaluate your productivity. This means evaluating your schedule, if it is flexible enough or if adjustments need to be made. You should also reflect on your performance, what task you could have done in less time, what you did well or what you should not have done.
Fill your mind with productive ideas.
The best recommendation to become a faster worker is to follow the example of productive people. For this you can make use of influencer’s videos or blogs. Filling your mind with productive ideas before your workday will keep you motivated. But remember to set a limited time for this. This way it will fulfill its purpose without becoming a distraction for you.
This article is also available in Spanish.