1. Get the most out of your day.
Every now and then ask yourself: Am I making the best use of my time? If not, stop what you are doing and begin working on a project that will allow you better use of your time.
2. Work with goals in mind.
It’s amazing how differently you work when you have goals to work towards. Use them as a road map! Examples may be project deadlines, sales quotas, a career advancement, etc.
3. Handle every piece of paper or email only once.
With paper use the “3 D” rule of Do it, Dump it or Delegate it. Never handle a piece of paper twice. Don’t even think of placing it in your “to get to” pile — handle it NOW! As for emails, the same rule can apply so you either action it, delete it or forward it to someone else. If you print a copy, then use the “3 D” rule.
4. Ask someone who is efficient what their secret is.
Ask the most efficient person you know what their secret is and how they developed those habits. Then see if it will work for you.
5. Don’t allow anyone to take your time from you.
Set up boundaries around your time. If you are stopped in the hall for a conversation, ask for this person to arrange a meeting with you (if appropriate); don’t allow co-workers to infringe on your home time. It is up to you as to how you allow other people to use your time!
6. Build family and personal time into your day.
We all need to have the support of our family or friends –so make sure you build them into your daily habits. You don’t want to finish your career and realize that you missed out on the closeness and development of your family.
7. Your health is important — isn’t it!
Maintain your health and fitness because this is what will help you through in the long run. So take extra care of this — go for a walk, have a massage, spend time with your family, stop and smell the roses or book your yearly medical check-up.