The following excerpt is from an article written by Geoffrey James for his "Sales Source" column on Inc.com. These tips could help you cut down your to-do list by increasing your productivity; an essential skill during busy times of the year like rush! Take a look at 5 of his tips here than view the full article for additional ideas.
The New York Times recently ran an article about how email can make people less productive. However, misuse of email is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are some actions that you can take today that can make you at least twice as productive as your colleagues.
1. Permanently turn off your voice mail.
A voice-mail message consumes minutes of your time (more if you have to replay) to communicate information you could absorb from an email in seconds. Explain in your outgoing message that you don't use voice mail, and instead provide your email address.
2. Reward your body with high-quality fuel.
What you eat determines your energy level, and your energy level determines how much you can get accomplished. Sugary treats provide a quick energy boost but then create an even deeper dip. Heavy foods take energy to digest, leaving you with less to use.
3. Take a five-minute walking break every hour.
The human body is not designed to sit for hours at a stretch. Attempting to do so inevitably creates aches and pains that leech your energy as your body tries to compensate and heal them. So get up and move! Use a timer if you have to.
4. Make your decisions more quickly.
Most people waste an extraordinary amount of time obsessing about (and second-guessing) their decision making. However, you're always better off making a good-enough decision quickly than waiting for an imaginary best decision.
5. Completely disconnect for 12 hours every day.
If you stop pretending to be productive when you're eating and sleeping, you'll be far more productive when you're actually working. Being always available is an unfailing recipe for stress, illness, and bad decision making. Give it a rest.
How do you ensure your day is productive? Share your tips and tricks with your college store colleagues in the comments section below.