1. Organize your calendar for anything that’s important but not urgent.
Become consistent with your actions, building rituals that you do on a regular basis.
2. Set aside to reflect upon the day.
Take 15 to 20 minutes at the end of the day to outline the most important tasks to get done the following day. You’ll not only prioritize while it’s fresh on your mind, you’ll recognize the sense of importance when you tackle it first thing in the morning.
3. Do the most important thing on your list first when you get to work in the morning
While it’s easy to get lured into the fast pace of e-mail or social media, try keeping email closed and your cell phone on silent. The more focused you are, the more you’ll get accomplished. When you’re done, take a break. (It’s just as important to your productivity as any other action you take!)
4. Take breaks
Take at least one scheduled break in the morning, one in the afternoon, and leave your desk for lunch. These are each important opportunities to renew yourself so that your energy doesn’t run down as the day wears on. They’re also opportunities to briefly take stock of your progress and get back on track.
Ask yourself a few questions to make sure you are prioritizing your actions:
Did I accomplish what I set to get done since the last break and if not, why not?
What do I want to accomplish between now and my next break, and what do I have to say “no” to, in order to make that possible?