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We are back home and so happy. During the entire vacation, I had one hour online total! After five days visiting family, sans internet,  I couldn’t wait to get online. This morning, after sleeping great in my own bed, I logged on. I’m already ten minutes over my self imposed one hour time deadline to answer emails and comments on my website.


Productivity Tips-Save Time

1. Bunch Tasks; I usually check my email a few times per day (in spite of efforts to the contrary). Obviously, on vacation, I only checked my email once during five days. This morning, I skimmed my email and decided to respond to all but the most crucial. Next, I moved on to the blog comments that built up during my absence. I went through methodically and quickly and answered every one. I was quick and efficient and completed the task in under thirty minutes. Ordinarily, during the week, I would have spent hours writing responses, checking them, and rereading. The checking and rereading are just a waste of time.

Put all the same type of tasks together. Work through them quickly and with focus. Next move on. Don’t recheck, reread, and review. It’s a waste of time. Once done with a task, don’t come back to the same task to do just “one more little bit.” That is totally inefficient. Move on.

2. Make a to do list. Do what’s on the list, and skip tasks that aren’t. Now, is that so tough? Where you (and by you, I mean me 🙂 ) get bogged down is by getting distracted, off track, and unfocused. Stick with one task at a time, focus, and move on. Multitasking is over rated.

List only the most important tasks. Remember the 80:20 Pareto Principle rule. Most of your results come from a small percent of your activities. Focus on the activities that give you the greatest return for your time. Isn’t it better to work on the plan to snag a new client, than wash your car? Why not have your kid wash the car? Pay her a few bucks and it’s a win win.

3. Take breaks. Productivity soars when you take frequent breaks. Ever noticed the ideas that come up when you are working out, doing something creative, or taking a walk. Those times away from the grind are equally as productive as time spent working. Although it’s counter intuitive, working in 20 to 30 minute blocks ups your productivity.

Try setting a timer for 20 minutes, get up for a few minutes and then return to work. See what happens. Do you get more or less accomplished?

Vacations are great because they get you out of your routine. You can recharge, relax and come up with new insights into your life.

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What are your productivity tips?