We'll keep this short so you can get back to work :-)
- Keep your desk and your files organized to avoid wasting time shuffling through piles of paper.
- Go through your inbox at the beginning of each work day. Either throw away, file or follow up on each item.
- Prioritize a list of the tasks you need to accomplish that day.
- Delegate tasks to co-workers and assistants if possible.
- Finish one task before you go on to the next.
- Have someone else answer your phone if possible. Give instructions about calls you wish to take and those that can be returned later.
- Communicate effectively and plan carefully to make sure a job is done properly the first time around.
- Schedule time when you'll be available, and let colleagues know, to avoid constant interruptions. Close the door if you need to.
- Take breaks. A short walk or quick lunch away from the office will increase your overall productivity.
- Before leaving for the day, tidy up your desk and make a short list of projects you will need to do the next day.
- Try not to take work home. You need the break.
- Determine when you have most energy in a day and tackle the most important or most difficult tasks at that time.
- Recognize that certain days (usually Monday or Friday) are more hectic than others. Be realistic when scheduling those days.
- Exercise and a healthy diet boost your energy level and increase your productivity.
- If you get completely snowed under, hire an assistant from a temp agency to get you through the crunch.
Avoid regularly going out for long lunches with colleagues or clients - large meals make for unproductive afternoons.
Beware of time-consuming habits such as procrastination and indecision.