“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things.” – Booker T. Washington
If like me you are looking for ways to increase your productivity and utilise every second of your working day then you have come to the right place!
Our lives are a collection of successive days. The sun rises, the sun sets… lather, rinse and repeat. Our working (and personal) lives will be wholly shaped by the way we spend each day, so having a rough plan/check-list wouldn’t hurt would it?
Sleep well and rise early: I’ll kick things off with the painfully obvious – you need to be well rested to be productive the following day. Admittedly, the Xbox is fun, but if you want to make the most of the day have an early cut-off time for it.
Getting up early is also beneficial. You don’t want to be rushed and skip your shower and breakfast. The mornings can be an enjoyable and methodical period if you give them a chance. Get up half an hour earlier and put in the extra effort when preparing breakfast. Or, you could even get some exercise in before you shower. Whatever you fancy doing, ensure you have ample time to do it. My morning schedule has stopped me loathing mornings. That being said, I’m still not a fan of my alarm!
You are what you eat: We’ve all heard the expression and it’s undeniably true. As a rule you should try to include protein into your breakfast – your mind will be sharper and clearer because of it. Also an apple in the morning has been proven to wake you up more than a regular cup of coffee – food for thought…
Now we’ve got the generic tips out of the way let’s get more work-specific
Prioritise and plan: Even if the most important task is the one you’ve been dreading the most, it’s still top of the pile. Make a plan for what needs to be done first and stick to it. You can achieve this by dedicating 30 minutes p/day to effectively map how you will use your time. Personally I spend 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at the end of the day to set my goals for tomorrow and often beyond when required.
Be patient when clearing out your inbox: We all want our inbox to be empty – the reality is that if we reply to them all then it will inevitably fill up again. I advise that you start your day with the pressing tasks that you have put at the top of your daily plan (see above). If you start each day by answering/deleting all of your emails, for a lot of you the day will be half finished by the time you complete the task and you will often overlook important emails. It is wise to dedicate addressing your emails into your daily plan by dedicating a couple of time-slots to it daily. Please don’t let emails rule your life though!
Take breaks: If we don’t, then our mind will take a break later in the day and we will be far less productive. Do a bit of exercise at lunch, walk around the block, go to the shop to buy a coffee instead of making one in the kitchen; anything to recharge for a few minutes. If I don’t take a break, I will often find myself “googling” random facts or doing football quizzes at around 3pm, instead of working!
Stay focused: I know shiny things are both appealing and distracting, but don’t allow them to steal your attention. Constantly remind yourself that the task you are working on is paramount. You can even write yourself notes to remind you to stay on track – in a world full of distractions there’s no shame in giving yourself a few reminders to stay on point.
Picture the end goal: Before deciding on a course of action you should start by visualising the outcome. It will help keep you focused and give you a target to work towards.
Please feel free to share any tips you might have in the comments section and thanks for reading.
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