Happy Labor Day! Right around this time, we often hear speeches about upgrading ourselves, and raising productivity to build a better economy and a better place for all of us to live and work. In other parts of the world, workers plan protests demanding higher wages, shorter working hours, better benefits and social support.
As we prepare to celebrate Labour Day at Success Resources, we don’t just want to complain about how much better things should be, neither do we want to offer “motherhood statements” to encourage you to improve your performance by being “cheaper, better, and faster.” We want to save you from experiencing emergency “mayday” situations in your work life and offer you solutions on how you can be more productive in everything you do.
So here’s 12 ways you can keep your work life from crashing and burning:
Plan Your Time
Everyone has a certain time of the day in which they are more productive than others. You can’t always be working at optimum productivity. Instead, you should shoot for working in short bursts at your most productive times. Find out when your prime time is for productivity and optimize your work schedule accordingly. Prioritize your tasks ahead of time. By listing your tasks in order of importance, you can make sure that you finish all of your most important tasks during the day.
Maintain the Momentum
Just start. Often times, starting is the hardest part. Once you get going, you will quickly get into a rhythm that could last for hours. Complete your most dreaded tasks first thing in the morning. Whichever activity you are dreading the most is probably the one you need to complete first thing in the morning. Don’t multitask. Research has shown that multitasking is not productive. Focus on one thing at a time.
Make Lists & Take Notes
Keep multiple lists: the short-term must-dos and the longer-term items. Also clearly define the tasks that can be delegated, and then actually delegate them! Don’t set yourself up for failure by starting each day with an unrealistically long agenda. Keep a notebook and pen on hand at all times. This way, you can write down your thoughts, to-dos, and ideas at any time. The key is to get everything out of your head and onto paper. You’ll save yourself the stress of lying awake at night sweating crucial details you’re sure you’ve forgotten.
Clear Your Mind
Take a few minutes, several times a day, to calm and clear your mind. Walking around the block or just stepping away from your computer screen can help you stay much more mentally fresh and focused.
Eliminate Unnecessary Meetings
Face-to-face communication is essential (email is fraught with misinterpretation), but be ruthless about protecting your time. Refrain from having meetings that aren’t absolutely necessary.
Learn How To Say “No”
It’s only two letters but it can be the hardest word to get out. As much as you want to be helpful, you can’t do everything and therefore you must learn when to say no in order to save your sanity.
Try to check your email only at designated times during the day. Do not have an alert flashing on your computer every time a new e-mail comes in. Keep your e-mails short, and write fewer of them. If you don’t need it for work, save Facebook for home and turn Twitter off during the work day. While most distractions should be avoided, sometimes a bit of soft music in the background can help you focus and even improve your creative process.
Create Systems for Common Tasks
This works best for tasks that you have to repeat. This lets you complete them on “autopilot” and frees your mind to focus on other more important things.
Clear Off Your Desk
The piles of paper around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Spend the last 15 minutes of each workday cleaning off your desk. Trash what you don’t need and file things once a day. Touch any piece of paper once. Act on it, and move on.
Use The Time You Save
Boosting productivity isn’t just about making sure things get done and feeling more in control along the way. It’s about freeing up time for deeper, creative thinking–perhaps about new products or other ways to generate revenue (or to cut costs). Schedule stretches of creative time throughout the day–mute your phone’s ringer, close your door, avoid e-mail and think. As you go throughout your day, repeatedly ask yourself, “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?” This one simple question can be an excellent boost to your productivity.
Set Goals & Enjoy Your Wins
Set some exciting goals. Without worthy goals, you will never be motivated to get things done. Then celebrate when you fulfill them; making a sale, receiving a good testimonial or closing a deal, or meeting a target.
Love What You Do
This is the ultimate way to increase your productivity.
If you feel the need to discover your passion and make money doing what you love, or to be inspired to dream bigger in your business, we want to encourage you to join us at theNational Achievers Congress. You’ll learn from our expert panel of 15 speakers in investment, business, entrepreneurship, and personal development on how to make your life truly free from “Labour.” Grab your ticket here today!