1.  Focus on one thing at a time

Focus on one thing at a time. Research has shown that multi-tasking creates distractions and slip-ups; it dilutes focus. Go for mono-tasking: allow yourself time to focus on the one task and see it through to the end. Set up a block of time to complete the task (it could be 20, 30, 40 minutes or even an hour) and don’t deviate until it is done. Eliminate as many distractions as possible and go for it. The result will be achieved more efficiently and the quality will be superior.


2.  Allow time for the unexpected

Allow time for the unexpected, because life happens. Most of us have had days where nothing goes to plan; on some days everything goes as scheduled. For those times in between, where occasional interruptions happen, factor in time for them. Don’t pack your schedule so tight that there is no wriggle room.


3.  Plan your day the night before

Plan your day the night before, because it allows you catch anything that may need preparation. It also primes your subconscious to process the plan overnight, catching anything vital you may have missed, or come up with a solution to a problem or challenge you identified the night before. Chances are, you will wake up with the solution. This is the smart, time-saving way to operate.