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6 practical ways to improve your speed & performance

Posted by admin | Life goals/Planning | Saturday 4 April 2009 7:33 pm


1. Learn to concentrate

Someone once said, “Concentration is the most Important Intellectual Habit of Man.”. If you lack it, you would most certainly have problems optimising your performance. So go for it. Learn to focus on one thing at a time. Focus is a powerful thing! It is a proven fact that if you  concentrate your thought and emotion on a singular subject, you are most likely to make a remarkable impression in that area. But if you choose to jump from one activity to another your speed and output is affected, your chances of making mistakes increase and you are unlikely to give necessary attention to details. It has been demonstrated in efficiency tests that time and energy are lost not so much on the task at  hand than in passing from one task to another.  Furthermore, in today’s fast paced environment, it is a brilliant idea to consider turning off your mobile phone and hang off the internet [IM, email…and lately Facebook] if you are serious about that making the best of your time on an important task.

2. Take working breaks

Taking a break is not only  desirable but it’s imperative. A break helps you refresh. Even noticed the performance of your computer after it is rebooted? Its faster, smarter and somewhat or in a sense, understands you better. Thats what happens when you reboot. Breaks improve your productivity, help you relax or rest your body, and refreshes your mind. To understand the hazard of working for too long without a break, you might want to ask people working/looking on a computer for log periods. The muscles in the eyes are usually do not have the time to expand, move or even relax. The over-exertion that occurs may then lead to eye strain. For some people this causes headaches, soreness and blurred vision. 10 minutes break for every hour of focus is a good idea, you might want to consider it.

3. Confront  the hard tasks first

Remember those tasks you always prefer to put at the bottom of the list because you are not happy attending to them? the sad thing is that if you are like me, you would realise that these tasks end up being undone at the end of the day, week or month and because they are important still show up on the list during the next planning circle. Its a smart thing to get them done with first. They usually constitute a psychological drain on your energy because they are always on your mind. It’s understandable that you would usually be tempted to do the easier tasks first [at least because they are easier] but experience shows that its wiser to get the “difficult” task off the way first. Also note that it is a proven truth that the things you put at the bottom of you to-do list usually wind up being the things that are either undone or improperly done.

4. Get additional knowledge and information

Having more information or knowledge about what you are doing would certainly improve your performance and give you some speed. Experience has thought man that the time spent sharpening is more than made up for in the speed and efficiency gained in using a sharp knife. There is no point working very hard at something if you know you are not equipped with the know-how. Go get the know-how first. Make sure you are abreast off the most current information. Technology is designed to enhance speed and performance. Make sure you are current with the facts.

5. Make sure you have the right tools

The right tools would always make the job faster and require less energy. You must ensure you have the right tools for the job.

6. Delegate
Delegating work to others is a high payoff activity. It frees extra time that you can commit to other important tasks. But if you concern yourself with all the things that need to be done, you might end up stressed.