It doesn’t matter what you do—if you want to do it faster and better, measure yourself in more granular terms and use those measures to drive your performance.
Start by breaking each task into its component steps. Then break each step into a series of concrete actions. Time each step within each task and each concrete action within each step. Create a time budget for every task, step, and concrete action, and score yourself.
- If you are behind schedule, identify the micro-gaps between the time budget and your actual time.
- Speed up one concrete action at a time by closing each micro-gap.
- Check for any unnecessary actions or steps or recurring obstacles that slow you down.