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Are you really productive or are you just busy?  Take a few moments to read my five top tips and then consider your current working practices.

1.   Have a To-Do List

OK, I can see you nodding your head and rolling your eyes.  We all know this one, but, be honest, do you really update your list every evening for the next day.  Do you spend 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon producing a plan of attack for the following week? Turn it into a daily habit to really reap the rewards. Take a look at the following link for more information:  http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_05.htm

2.   What Should Be The First Task On Your To-Do List Each Day?

The task you are dreading the most.  Don’t put it off until later in the day, week or month.  Get it done straight away.  Once it is completed you’ll find yourself more energised.  You’ll also concentrate more clearly on your remaining duties for that day.

3.   What Is Your Most Productive Time of The Day?

Most people find they are more energised in the morning and that energy levels drop quite rapidly after lunch.  Spend a couple of days looking at the peaks and troughs or your energy levels.  Plan your most complex tasks for when you have the most energy. The BBC have a ‘daily rhythm test’ which you might like to take a look at:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/crt/

4.   Outsource

How much time do you spend each day/week on mundane tasks, administration, emails, telephone answering?  Outsourcing these tasks will release more time for productivity and success.  This can also be applied to your home life.  Do you really enjoy doing the gardening?  Would it be useful to have a cleaner a couple of days a week?   How about delegating the iron pile?

5.   Be Kind To Yourself

You owe it to yourself to be as healthy and energised as possible.  This will help you reach your goals, dreams and targets sooner.  Exercise regularly, at least ½ an hour 5 times a week, drink plenty of water, eat healthily, get at least 7 hours sleep each night and spend quality time with friends and family each day.

Try my top tips for a week and then come back and tell me about it.

What are your top tips for greater productivity?