You and I have too much stuff to do.
Too many deadlines and too much work and personal stuff to do.
You've probably been a victim of procrastination at one point in time or another. So have I.
But here's the thing: I'm extremely efficient at getting stuff done quickly and efficiently.
I can actually do the work of a 40 hour week in under four hours. How?
It's actually pretty well outlined in Timothy Ferriss' book "The 4-Hour Workweek".
4-Hour Workweek is a well-written insightful book that will teach you how to improve your work and time efficiency by at least a factor of 10. And it's simple and actionable advice you can put to work right away.
I can give you my take on a few good points Tim makes in here, but I suggest you grab the book and read it for yourself.
One thing you can do is to start batching similar tasks.
I cannot begin to explain how much more efficient I've become one I started batching tasks together. Rather than try to explain how this works, I'll give you an example.
An inefficient way to print a bunch of documents is to hit "print" once for one document, go to the printer, pick up the sheet, and bring it back to you desk. It's much more efficient to print all the documents you need, get up once, and bring back all of your printing at the same time.
Whenever you switch from one activity to another, you expend time and energy refocusing your mind and getting it ready for the next task. This energy you spend is called "Activation Energy". The less activation energy you can spend, the better.
Think about how you can apply this principle to everyday tasks at work and at home.
Your boss will notice the difference, that's for sure.
Another thing you can do is time yourself doing tasks such as checking emails. Just Google "Stopwatch", hit start, and check and respond to your emails. Tim suggests setting a timer at 5 mins and check all your emails as quickly as possible, but I prefer the stopwatch. Either way, having a stopwatch running while you do repetitive tasks alone will force you to become more efficient as you will subconsciously try to beat your previous times.
Lastly, unless your job depends on you immediately responding to emails, don't check your email until 11 AM. Use the first 2-3 hours of your day to get tasks done. Tim takes this one step further and suggests you only check your email twice a day, and only for 5 minutes at time. Do what works best for you, but keeping your email client closed for the first few hours of every day will make you a much more productive employee.
I don't want to give away the entire buffet table, so if you liked these tips and want to learn how to become the most efficient employee in your company, please pick up and read "The 4-Hour Workweek".