If you spent the past year scrambling to complete your work and wishing for more time, these three behaviors are likely to blame:
1. Padding your schedule. If you schedule an hour meeting when you only need 30 minutes, you’ll end up filling the rest of the time with unnecessary small talk. Be more precise with your scheduling and you’ll accomplish more each day.
2. Failing to prioritize. Completing a bunch of unimportant tasks doesn’t matter if you run out of time and neglect your most critical tasks. Every day, prioritize your to-dos, focusing on the most important tasks first.
3. Communicating inefficiently. You waste time drafting long, complicated emails when a face-to-face meeting would be quicker. You allow incoming emails and phone calls to interrupt you all day, or your meetings are disorganized. Cleaning up your communication can work wonders for your productivity.