As women, we are known for our multi-tasking skills.

But we are also human and sometimes we lack that extra energy or motivation to be more productive. And who doesn’t want to be more productive?

It is surprising to know that a more effective day is not concentrating harder and working longer. An increase in productivity is often created by making the most of your time while understanding your limits.

Here are some ways I’ve structured and enhanced my day for maximum output:

Get (more) organised

You cannot be your most productive if you are disorganised and surrounded by clutter.

The best way to organize is to figure out what works for you. Nowadays there are plenty of online apps that can help with this.

Get rid of those random piles of papers and sticky notes and use a simple electronic filing app.

Delegate

You don’t have to do everything. Other people are quite capable of handling some of the tasks you generally reserve for yourself.

Consider which duties you could be sharing with others.

Then start delegating out some of these jobs. This will allow you to focus on your high priority items while giving others a chance to grow and shine.

Take breaks

Even the busiest people need to clear their mind and stretch their legs now and again.

We are all guilty of thinking that we are most productive when we plug through a project without looking up; however a number of studies indicates that taking breaks can decrease stress hormones, increase dopamine and other feel-good hormones.

In other words, breaks make us more productive. Have a break and drink water, and while you’re at it make sure to eat a healthy snack!

Briefly stepping away from your work will relax your body and rejuvenate your mind.

Personalise your workspace

My desk is, well, a reflection of me and my pursuit to stay efficient. Firstly, I have photos of my family surrounding me and some motivational sayings around my desk. All of them inspire me to keep going.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you are overwhelmed, and it is causing undue stress, don’t suffer in silence.

Speak with your boss or partner and explain your situation. Allowing your life to overwhelm you week after week, can lead to serious physical, mental, and social problems.

Be positive, and know that there are solutions to your problems, but you will need to seek help.

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  • Thanks for the tips, I get overwhelmed sometimes.

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  • How to be more productive! Oh my goodness, I’m on the go from dawn til dusk and still don’t get it all done

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  • I find it really hard to delegate as the job might not get done.

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  • Love the last point! If you are feeling overwhelmed it is very important to get help!

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  • thanks for sharing, another article that makes me realise I need to become more organised in my day to day life

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  • My biggest problem was that I was a perfectionist, I’ve learnt to let that go and not to be so picky!

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  • Thanks for the tips :)

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  • Definitely agree with the clutter thing. It’s easier to build up knicks and knacks but getting rid of them is so freeing and good for the soul!

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  • de-clutter and do a bit of cleaning here and there

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  • I agree that you have to get rid of the clutter. It makes you feels so much better and tasks seem to be easier.

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  • Stop saying I wish. Start saying I will.

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  • Getting help is a big thing and a lot of people find it hard to ask for help from others.

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  • sounds great but hard to do when you have rug rats constantly wanting your time,,, but will try

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  • 2015 will be my year of complete organisation!

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  • Some of these can be very hard to implement!

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