5 Changes = 2.66 Times More Productive
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Sujan Patel used to work 13 hours a day, thinking that the extra time would help him get more done.
According to a report by Staples, 70 percent of Americans believe the same and work more than 40 hours a week. But, actually, the opposite is true. Those extra hours just end up making you tired and burned out.
Now, Sujan works just five hours a day and is getting more done and making a greater impact on his business.
Here are the 5 changes that he made to be 2.66 times more productive:
Manage your energy, not your time Most people have a certain time of day when they are most productive. Perhaps it’s the early hours of the morning or right before lunchtime, or maybe you’re a night owl. Sujan has the lowest energy from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. So, guess what? He stops working at 2 p.m. and goes home
Purge useless tasks Twice a year, Sujan sits down and does this exercise: make a list of all of the tasks he does on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, group the tasks based on importance. This allows him to figure out what tasks he is spending too much time on - ones that he’d be better off letting someone else do
Embrace technology Technology can help you increase your productivity astronomically - and in multiple areas. One of his favorite tools is Pick.co, which he uses to manage his calendar. Calendly is another great option. These tools allow you to set your schedule and share it with others so they know when you are available and when you’re not
Choose your top three things What are your top three priorities? These should be your main focus each day. Only choose to work on tasks that move the needle and make an impact on your business. This will allow you to work smarter
Save admin for the weekend Sujan takes Saturday and Sunday mornings to do admin tasks or “heads-down work.” During those two to three hours, he’s more likely to get more work done since there are few distractions and he is better able to focus. Don’t forget to take the time to enjoy your weekend and days off. When you do, you’ll come back refreshed and ready to take on the week.