Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
PRODUCTIVITY! The goal we are all aiming to achieve, how to be the most effective and productive at work. There are three things that have helped me become more productive: "Eat the Frog" by Brian Tracy, setting goals with timeframes attached, and Calendar Reminders/Alarms.
"Eat the Frog" by Brian Tracy speaks about picking the one thing on your "to do" list that your are least excited about doing, and do that first. He calls that least favorite thing the "frog", and if you do that first every day you will be more productive. I have tried that and it REALLY works. The reason being if you have ever had something that you have procrastinated doing because you don't want to do it, (maybe a paper, or studying for an exam) it weighs heavy on your mind, no matter what you are doing, that is a nagging feeling and nothing gets done as fast with as much enjoyment as it should, simply because you know you have to do something you don't like at some point. Just do it, get it over with and with that comes a great sense of accomplishment, energy and you become more productive instantly! Try it.
Setting goals is something we all do, just remember to set timeframes for each project so as to stay on track, so you get everything accomplished and don't get too far behind. Sure there will be times when you plan an hour and realize you are needing more time, if you can stop, and schedule time to come back and finish it later, so you can get the rest of your list checked off. If you can't stop, keep going finish and learn next time to allow more time when you have a similar project. This is a great learning and a way not to overcommit.
Finally, set reminders on your calendars for upcoming important deadlines and use the alarms on your outlook, phone or computer to keep you on track during the day. Besst of luck and here's to being more productive!