‘Time’ is the most highly coveted resource of any IT professional. Following on our post; 12 Top Time-Saving Tools for IT Managers, we’ve got 4 quick tips for cramming more into your day. Don’t get bogged down by the insignificant, use the techniques below to help you get the important things done.
1. Take a Walk
Go for a walk. Simple. Schedule some time to get some exercise outside of the office.
Many studies have shown that exercise increases productivity. One study by Stockholm University found that self-assessed productivity increased dramatically; study subjects perceived that they got more done at work, had a greater work capacity, and were sick less often.
Taking time to get a walk into your daily schedule can ensure that the rest of your day is more productive.
2. Plan Tomorrow, Tonight
The classic saying “the early bird catches the worm” should really read “the early bird catches the worm…if it plans to the night before”. But that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Let’s face it, mornings are hectic and unless you have a clear plan, you can easily be pulled into tasks that weren’t even on your agenda to begin with! With a plan for the morning, you have a clear reason to move any non-priority tasks to the afternoon.
In an online survey, management and marketing consulting specialist Karen Leland found that the window between 9:00 and 11:00 was the most productive time-frame, followed by pre 09:00.
3. Write a “STOP-DOING” List
Jocelyn K. Glei says that “productivity is really about what you don’t do” in Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done.
Take the time to list six to ten things that you commit to not do in 2017 because they are keeping you from focusing on your best work. Make these your ‘anti-resolutions’, giving you more time and head space to focus on the things you really need to do.
Psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic takes a similar approach; “saying ‘no’ to irrelevant tasks, or outsourcing them is the real secret to productivity”.
4. Pomodoro Technique
This working technique can help you power through distractions and hone in on the most important tasks in short bursts, keeping you focused and disciplined on the task by taking frequent short breaks. The theory is that rather than spreading yourself thin and constantly grinding away, when you focus on one thing with time to think, you do that one thing VERY well.
This technique can also be used effectivity to crush a long to-do list, moving onto the next to-do when the current one is complete, but giving you breaks to separate each task.
Try integrating some of these techniques into working life today; they might change change your life! We’d love to know if any of these ideas help you be a better IT professional. Feel free to drop us an email telling us how at firstname.lastname@example.org.