productivity

Goal: Increasing Our Productivity

“I’m doing the best I can but I’m so disorganized and just not being productive.” This is a common complaint so many folks have who spend their days multitasking with jobs, family, friends, church, children, etc. It seems that people complain that they are putting out so much energy and time with everyday activities yet the return and gratification doesn’t measure up to this output.  Clutter, disorganization, moving, downsizing, and constantly searching for things only adds to our stress and not accomplishing our goals that will organize and simplify our lives.

A few ways you can increase your productivity is put things where they belong the first time rather than touching the them several times.  Prioritize what is most important and has to be done sooner rather than later.  Focus on one task at a time.  Manage your time efficiently whether you are enjoying free time or structured time.  Formulate a plan for your home office including paying monthly bills, setting up a filing system, gathering tax information or getting your computer so it is user friendly and easy to retrieve information.

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TIME MANAGEMENT

As a former teacher, time management was extremely important.  I was a special educator working with students with multiple disabilities.  These students thrived on a set schedule, routine, and consistency in their daily school day.  I always posted the schedule for the day on the board and the expectations. By doing that, I was, for the most part, able to alleviate some behaviors that would be centered around the unknown.  This was particularly affective for students with autism.

The definition for time management is “the ability to use one’s time effectively or productively”.  It is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.  Good time management enables us to work smarter, not harder, so that you get more done in less time.  Failing to manage your time can damage your effectiveness and may cause undue stress.

Time management is an important part of the organizing process.  Often, we get distracted while performing a task and thus the task is left not completed.  This can get frustrating.  Our lives are often “cluttered” with things we want to do and things we need to do.  The first step in effectively managing your time, is to prioritize the projects or activities.  By that I mean to list all the things that you need to do and things you want to do.  Then determine what needs to be done immediately or later.  Overplanning can cause stress as well.  I would recommend limiting 2-3 needed tasks done daily and maybe 1-2 tasks you want to do.  A person that does not have good time management skills may need to write down a daily “to do” list.  Once a task is completed, you would check it off your list.  This provides a sense of accomplishment.  As you begin to develop your daily list and method of completing these tasks, it will become easier and you can see that your day will be more fulfilled!!

There are many strategies that can help one with using their time more effectively.  Some people prefer to use their phones and some prefer paper and pen methods to manage their time.  It’s important to always keep your calendar up to date with upcoming appointments, events and activities.  Lastly, always start your day with a clear focus of expectations, minimize distractions, have a task checklist and focus on high-value activities!  As my previous principal always told us, “and don’t forget to take time to smell the roses.”

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