How to Become More Productive During the Work Week
Becoming a productive individual is not an easy task, especially if you have one, two or even
three jobs. So we tend to procrastinate then look at our daunting task lists, sometimes with up to a hundred items on them, and have no idea where to start. Here are some tips to be productive and enjoy your week. It’s all about achieving more by doing less and making the most of your time.
Stop feeding into your distractions
Limit your interruptions such as notifications, checking social media, answering texts, and
switching back and forth to emails. They all interrupt your concentration and pull you away from your tasks at hand. Your life will diminish as you waste time feeding into your distractions. Successful people have laser focus. They disconnect from everything else to get tasks done. Our advice: Plan time everyday to check emails and social media. Maybe plan to check #
Instagram for non-business purposes for thirty minutes in the morning and thirty minutes at night everyday at the same time everyday and respond to emails at a set time each day.
Schedule everything in advance.
Make a very strict plan and know what’s going on each day before the start of the day. In the
beginning that’s planning in 30 minute increments of your entire day. This helps you figure out how you’re spending your time. Notice where time leaks, then declutter your routine.
Choose to work on one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking three to four smaller items. Make the hard choices to work on your most important priorities instead of responding to non-urgent tasks such as emails and texts. This limits your responsiveness. Your time is limited. Doing everything is not an option.
Routine, Routine, Routine.
Just like your personal life, keeping a strict routine in your work life will limit wasting time and feeding into useless distractions. Plan your day the night before and prioritize what important tasks you need to complete the next day. Using the 1-3-5 method is always a good idea. Plan one large task to do each day, three medium, and five small tasks to complete.
Lastly, studies have shown that most people are most productive in the first two hours after they wake up. That is when time should be spent on most important tasks. Yes this may vary from individual to individual, as some people are more productive in the evening. Find out when you are the most #productive and then plan your important tasks around that time. Many successful people wake up two hours earlier than your average person. I guess it’s true what they say, the early bird really does get the worm...