More often than not, we engineers have a lot of tasks on our to do list every day and it can be overwhelming. In the process, many find it a struggle to finish their tasks, or sometimes have a hard time to just get them started. The best solution for this is to have an effective routine that allows you to get a lot more tasks done in less time.
Here are some tips for improving your schedule and increase your productivity at work:
Source Huffington Post
Plan Your Day In Advance
Before you start any of your tasks for the day, spare some time to write down your to-do list for the day and what you need to accomplish. Plan out your schedule with the most important tasks as priority. You could also write your list at the end of each day in advance for the next work day. This will allow you to have organized thoughts and will allow you to get more things done.
Focus on the Important Tasks
Sometimes with so much urgent or emergency matters throughout the day, we tend to overlook the big tasks that we are supposed to finish. Urgent matters are inevitable, so try to make it a point to set a number of big tasks you have to finish everyday. Try focusing on getting three big tasks done everyday. Write these goals at the top of your list and schedule your day around them.
When you are working on these big tasks, avoid distractions. Don’t let anyone interrupt you while you are working on the big 3.
Do the task you hate the most first
We all have tasks that we hate, and we would do anything we can to avoid it. Unfortunately, these tasks will come one way or the other, so when it does–do it first. Do the task you hate the most first so that the rest of your tasks will seem easier in comparison. You’ll be able to focus better on your other tasks because you won’t be thinking about that certain task that you hate.
Working hard is good, but don’t let it get the best of you. No one is perfectly productive 24/7. Remind yourself that you are still human and need to take a break. Let your brain rest so that you can go back to your work refreshed and ready to get your tasks done