5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Boost Productivity

If you believe there are too few hours in a day, you’re not making the most of your day. In fact, 99 percent of people are not making productive use of the time they have. By making simple changes to your work habits you can make the most of your work time. So how can you boost your productivity right now?

Schedule your time.

Multitasking is not a good thing. It’s the most common misconception about being productive. Multitasking slows you down. Completing tasks one at a time means you’re less likely to make mistakes and you will get more done.

People multitask because they have no daily structure. Solve this by creating a solid schedule of tasks. Start with the hardest tasks and work your way down the list. Such a simple change can have a big difference on your mindset and make you more ordered.

Stop checking email and social media.

When you check email or a site like Facebook it can take up to 30 minutes to return to the task at hand. Employees spend too much time checking emails and messages that are rarely urgent.

Get into the habit of blocking email and social media outside of certain parts of the day. Start and end your day with these tasks. Set up an automatic message telling people to call you if something is urgent. You’ll be shocked at how much time this saves.

Learn to delegate.

People in leadership positions often try to take on every task by themselves. These leaders think they should handle everything because they’re the best people for the job. Most of the daily tasks, like making appointments and calling back less-important clients, can and should be delegated.

Spending extra resources on delegating those tasks will free up more time for leaders to take on important challenges.

Value your time more.

Keep up the big picture. Time is wasted panicking over the small details within a project?

Unless you happen to be a surgeon, most of these details don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Yes, you need to get things as perfect as possible, but don’t lose sight of the high-level view. Keep your eyes on the big picture and focus on the next big stage of the project instead of concentrating on the details.

Take a break.

The brain can only function at peak levels for a short amount of time. Take a break every 60 to 90 minutes. You’ll be better equipped to work hard if you do it in short bursts. The least productive people tend to be the ones who work for hours without a break.

Begin training yourself to be more productive today. Making little changes right now can make all the difference.

This article was originally published on Entrepreneur.