Boost Your Productivity by Protecting Your Time

Time ManagementIf you want to get more done, take ownership of your time. Our most satisfying work comes about when we’re playing offense, working on projects that we ourselves initiate. Look for ways to automate or delegate activities that are not a good use of your time. Say no to projects that aren’t a priority and maintain a relentless focus on self-directed goals that only you can achieve. Program your phone to only ring for select people, and resist emails first thing in the morning until you’ve achieved at least one important task. Recognize and honor your physical limitations by getting plenty of exercise and sleep, cycling between 90-minute bursts of focused work and short restorative breaks. And use your vacation time. Top performers view time off not as stalled productivity but as an investment in their future performance.