It’s January 21st…are you still working toward your New Year’s Resolutions?
If one of them was to “get more done” each day, especially at work, try these tips & send me an email to let me know how they worked out!
1. Create a good morning routine
Tips include laying out your outfit the night before, exercising, or waiting to turn on your cell phone, until you are almost completely ready for the day.
Consistency in the morning sets a great tone for the rest of the day!
When you aren’t sure where to start on your list of tasks, make a list of everything you need to accomplish & then go about prioritizing it based on importance & urgency.
Consider the “Eat the frogs” productivity method for inspiration!
3. Focus on one thing at a time
Only work on one task at a time & see it through to completion.
If possible, figure out how best to reduce or eliminate distractions, that cause you to not get tasks completed.
4. Take breaks
Consider utilizing the “Pomodoro Technique” throughout your work day… work on a task for 25 minutes, then take a short break. Then begin another 25 minute work session.
After 4 sessions, take a longer break to rest & reflect.
Some find it helpful to use the 25/5 rule – work for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break, before heading back in to complete that task, or start a new one.
5. Manage your time effectively
Ensure time is structured & that you are using any down time to be as productive as possible.
As little as 5-10 minutes at a time can make a big difference when used to clean out your email inbox, check voicemail messages, or work on filing that must be completed.
6. Celebrate & reflect
Don’t forget to take time to celebrate when you’ve had a really productive day.
Rewarding yourself is important & serves as encouragement to continue doing great work.
Also, reflecting on the day will help you determine what worked well & what didn’t work, in order to increase future productivity, while allowing your brain time to decompress.
Do you have any tried & true methods that improve how much work you get done each day?