The latest blog from Upwork, a global freelancing platform designed to connect businesses and independent professional aiming to work remotely, offers some excellent tips on how to increase efficiency when tackling a to-do list.
Write It Down
While this seems like an easy one, it is one of the most critical steps to attaining higher efficiency. If you capture everything on a list or an app, you are then free to clear your mind from focusing on those things that you haven’t yet completed.
Plan It Out The Day Before
Energy levels tend to be highest in the morning, so don’t waste that precious time trying to organize what needs to be done. A list prepared the night before can be immediately tackled while you’re at your best. While you’re at it, determine how much time should be allotted for each task and when in the day it will be completed. Also, be sure to put everything you need to accomplish on one platform: looking for lists in various places is time consuming and leaves room for error.
Define Priorities & Continue Reevaluating
If your day is like most, there are guaranteed to be things that derail your initial plan. Delegating priorities allows for seamless changes as the day unfolds. Also, if there is a task that continues to go uncompleted, determine whether is truly adds value to your performance. If not, consider deleting it altogether.
Break Down Tasks
By taking a larger project and breaking it down into several small tasks that will help you complete the end goal you accomplish a few things. First, you give yourself the ability to continually build momentum crossing tasks off the list and feeling productive. Additionally, you remove the overwhelming feeling that may have arisen when seeing a large project ahead.
Founded in 1999, Upwork is one of the biggest freelancer marketplaces in existence with over 3 million jobs posted annually. The site offers the ability for freelancers and potential agencies to conduct interviews on their platform to save time and facilitate successful connections. Upwork currently has 14 million users in 180 countries.