Each of the following will help you to get at least one more hour out of your day for additional productive time to do the things you really want to do. Try it.
- Systematize. Stop reinventing the wheel and recreating the same things over and again. Create systems to handle repetitive tasks. For example, I have standard letters created and saved in my computer along with standard documents such as directions to my office and various articles I share with others. Be sure to have adequate supplies you can readily access. Use one calendar to keep track of appointments. Work with a clean desk and have most frequently used items within arm’s reach. Schedule maintenance for your equipment and yourself.
- Plan Adequate Sleep. You can have a great to-do list for the next day, but if you are tired, your productivity will be adversely impacted. Schedule a sufficient amount of sleep, which is different for each of us. Some need eight hours, some more and some less. Your body knows the answer.
- Take a Speed-Reading Class. The average person reads at about 200 words per minute and spends a couple of hours each day reading. What if you could double your reading speed? What takes two hours could be done in one hour. Or you could continue to spend the same amount of time reading, but read twice as much. Sign up for a speed-reading class.
- Develop Your Communication Skills. A lot of your personal success will be in direct relationship to your ability to competently and confidently communicate what you know both orally and in writing. Make it an ongoing commitment to continue to improve your speaking and writing skills. You’ll save time and have a more successful career.
- Develop Your People Network. High personal productivity has a lot to do with the good cooperation of other people. On an ongoing basis, develop your list of personal contacts, your networking list. Always offer to help everyone on your list whenever you can. ("To have a friend, first be a friend.") Do it right and your network will be there for you when you need it.
I found this at http://www2.darwinmag.com/read/feature/aug05_time.cfm. Pretty good reading.