With pilling tasks, long to-do lists, stressful days and tight deadlines, you find yourself losing a lot of time during your day at work. Before you know it, you're tired and stressed or worse, you're burnt out. Can you relate?
Relax, we got you! Here are 10 tips to help you have a super productive day at work, that will guarantee you a better, more organized way of dividing your time at work, eliminate stress and actually increase productivity.
1. Plan ahead.
Planning your work week ahead saves you a ton of time, makes you focus on the important tasks and the bigger picture, allowing you more control and duration to get things done. Experts say that every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution! Also, spend the last 10 minutes of every day planning for the next one, perfects your plan for productivity.
2. Prepare your outfit the night before.
Avoid wasting time and energy on unnecessary decisions, so pick your outfit from the night before so when you wake up the next day, you get to your morning routine immediately and efficiently.
3. Develop THE MASTER to-do list.
Have only one to-do list, containing all the activities that need to be done. Update your to-do list with new important tasks and prioritize fast. It is very common that you will receive emails with new priority tasks within any normal work day. Reorganizing your to-do list accordingly will keep everything under control. And of course it needs to be…
Your to-do list should be organized, based on the priorities of the tasks. Your priority tasks should be at the top of the list, followed by tasks that have less priority. Always make sure to finish your top priority tasks first. Use the 80/20 rule to identify your priority tasks. Pareto's law says that 20% of your tasks will result in 80% of the total production value. Which means that if you have 10 tasks on your to do list today, and you only finish the first two most important tasks, this will give you 80% of the results you were expecting.
5. Meditate for five minutes after you wake up.
Meditation relaxes your body and mind. While meditating, try to visualize your day, specially your most important tasks for the day. Envision accomplishing those tasks with great success, this technique has helped a lot of people achieving their goals in shorter periods of time.
6. Eat a proper breakfast.
Eating a healthy wholesome breakfast really gets your brain juices flowing at the beginning of the day, and gets you fueled up for a great productive day.
7. Start work early.
Most people are at their peak productivity in the first few hours of the day! Take that to your advantage, and focus on the top priority tasks early on in the day.
8. Make yourself unreachable at work.
Avoid interruptions by colleagues to be able to focus on the work itself. Finding a work space with minimum disturbance is key.
9. Check your email at specific times only.
Check your email regularly at specific times of the day, to keep track of things and update your to-do list. However, checking emails all the time is the biggest time thief, and could get you sucked into the void of replying to endless requests. Checking your email 2 to 3 times a day, unless you are waiting on an important email, should be sufficient for a stress-free and more productive day.
10. Enjoy your lunch break.
Try and take a lunch break in the middle of the day and completely disconnect from work to regain energy and relax. Also the break will help you divide your day better, for the optimal productivity.
Following these 10 tips to have a super productive day at work should grant you a successful, relaxed and productive career path. Let us know if you tried other techniques to make your work day more productive.
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