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Ever had that feeling of going to work but never seeming to really get much done? Sometimes we prioritise in such a way that menial tasks seem more important than the really big stuff – and we end up pushing that to the end of the day because we don’t want to have to deal with it. So how do you stop that from happening? With these 3 simple steps my friend…

  1. Do the big stuff first thing

All too often we get into the office, check emails and write lists of things we have to do. Getting the little things out of the way first thing can seem productive, but in reality you’re just using your energy on them.

Our productivity peaks when we walk into the office first thing, so it’s best to use this time wisely, by putting all the big pieces of work to the front of your list. Bash out that press release, contact that troublesome customer. If you do it now, not only will it be out of the way for the rest of the day, but you’ll be able to revise it later if you need a break from it.

  1. Don’t complete everything on your to-do list

This might sound counterproductive; surely the whole point is that you DO complete everything on your list, which means that everything is done, yes? No.

There will always be tasks on your to-do list that are menial and don’t necessarily have to be completed today. So leave that stuff until you’re having a slow day (if such a thing exists?) and do the important stuff right now, no matter how intimidating it might seem.

By prioritising you won’t leave everything until there’s no time to do it, and you have to ask yourself, how important is reorganising your paper clip tray?

  1. Do set deadlines

By setting yourself a strict deadline, you’ll feel more pressure and more willingness to complete the task. Remember those all-nighters at uni where you completed a 2,000 word assignment in 7 hours? We’re not going to turn around and say it’s a good idea. But you did it, right? Was it your best work? Probably not. But if you’re dreading doing a task, it’s better to force yourself to do it rather than leave it until it’s too late, and you’re in hot water with the boss!

Have we missed anything! What times are you at your most productive? Is it during working hours? Leave your comments below and tell us!

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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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