To get more done, review your schedule the night before to ensure its focused on your top priorities. After all, once the day gets going, reviewing your priorities is an even bigger struggle than actually getting to them.
MIT Senior Lecturer Robert Pozen designed and recently reported the findings of a huge productivity test he conducted via the Harvard Business Review. He suggests also jotting down your objectives next to each event on your calendar. Other proactive moves are to identify your purpose for reading something before you read it. Say the objective out loud if you have to. Let's say you do research for speaking or writing. Before you dig into a study's findings, try thinking about the purpose of your research first. That helps keep you focused and efficient in combing through what can be dense text. Pozen also suggests that before writing anything substantive write an outline to keep you on track.