No matter who you are or what you do, we all want to be as productive as possible. It’s tempting to find quick fixes like drinking energy drinks or staying up late to accomplish a final task but those solutions may cause more harm than good.
So, what’s the most effective way to go about being more productive? Reading this post is a great start. Here we will share our favorite tips and tricks for being the most productive version of yourself. To learn more, keep scrolling!
Pick The Ugliest Task
What’s the ugliest task? It’s the one you dread most and think will take the most time. Many of us fall prey to the common problem of prioritizing the “shiny” tasks. Shiny tasks are things that aren’t a priority but because they’re fun or flashy, they get our full attention.
The next time you find yourself with a long to-do list, skip over the tasks you’ll enjoy most in favor of the ones that you’re dreading. By accomplishing these tasks first, you’ll become more productive because you’ll make more serious headway towards your goals.
Declutter Your Life
Ever sat at your desk only to be distracted by a stack of papers? Same! We work best in an organized and well-defined environment. Make this happen by keeping your work place neat and tidy. Our brains can only handle so much stimulation so allow yourself to focus by maintaining a blank space.
Say Sayonara To Sleeping In
If you work 9-to-5 in a typical office setting, you may not need this reminder but for those with flexible schedule, listen up! The best thing you can do for your day is to get it started. Waking before 6am gives you more hours in the day and access to early morning creativity. Few things are better than brainstorming over your morning cup of coffee. So set your alarm for 6 (or earlier!) and be prepared to see all that you’re able to accomplish.
“Another meeting that should have just been an email…” If you’ve had this thought, you’re not alone. There’s nothing worse than spending your precious working hours stuck in unnecessary meetings. Rather than defaulting to a meeting, force yourself to consider alternative options. Can the issue be resolved by a quick phone call? Will a quick email do the trick? Challenge yourself – and others – to find new ways to work together without relying on meetings.
The traditional work day expects a worker will arrive in the morning, take a lunch break, and then work until the end of the day. Because this has been the norm, it can be tough to adjust your habits but it’s actual not the most productive way to work. Consider adjusting your day to accommodate for 90-minute blocks of work with 10-minutes in between for rest and recovery. You’ll find yourself getting more done in less time.
Stop thinking of your commute as wasted time. It’s a great time to check-in with colleagues in a different timezone. If it’s not feasible to do any work, consider prioritizing your personal growth. Interested in a certain topic? Look for a podcast! Your commute will fly by and you’ll arrive to work refreshed.
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