There are several approaches one can take enhancing the efficiency of their work. I would think that another approach outside of the ones offered would be to incrementally seek out tasks to be done. Especially with long term tasks, I think being able to complete one portion at a time in a consistent and thorough fashion would increase the effectiveness and efficiency of one's work. Seeking outside feedback is another way to increase effectiveness and efficiency, as it helps to develop constructive criticism and become stronger in that where improvement might be needed. The abilities to incrementally complete work and then seek ways to improve it would be two arenas where work efficiency can be improved.
The following reference gives ten tips to top efficiency. The things I personally find most helpful are these:
- Establish your priorities and stick to them. Do things in the order of importance, respecting a comfortable "deadline" as well. Work steadily and regularly towards your goal and don't put off things until the last minute.
- Don't let outside interference fritter away both your energy and time. Let people know you are not available all the time and that you don't appreciate being interrupted with your work. This includes useless chatter with colleagues and reiterating points you have already made with clients. Keep your contact short, simple and to the point during work time.
- Establish a schedule allowing time off for leisure, family life, hobbies and other things which "recharge" you physically, mentally and emotionally. You are not a workaholic machine; you are first and foremost a human being. Learn to pull the plug from work responsibilities and do whatever is needed to "get away."
- Delegate tasks whenever possible to responsible people. Take on your part of responsibility, but don't hesitate to share it, too. As Huckleberry Finn, whitewash the fence with enthusiasm, then pass the brush and paint around.
- Whenever possible and necessary, drop your investment in non-productive activity (and people, as the case may be!). Instead of wearing yourself to frazzles, better to throw in the towel, declare forfeit, and move on to something else. Learn to acknowledge parasite activity, and then learn to say 'no.'
There are a lot of things that you can do to increase your efficeny in work. Here are a few tips.
1. Don't give up. This point might seem silly, but keep in mind that things get easier with time. The more you do something, the more they become second nature. This might be the most important point.
2. Keep track of how you use your time. It may be that you waste time without knowing it. Also, use down time for productivty. For instance, learn a language while you exercise by listening to a CD.
3. Try to commit to things that will help you in something that you already have to do. Double duty is the name of the game here.
4. Make sure you eat right and rest.