Smart Hacks for Maximizing Productivity
Part 1 – Setting the Day Right
It’s the end of the day and you’re feeling a little like you are caught in an endless loop? Where did the day go? What did I actually get done? You sit there wondering what are the best ways to maximizing productivity.
Then comes the endless, “I should have done more”, “I feel like I have wasted the whole day”, “what am I doing”, going round in endless circles.
Does this sound familiar?
It doesn’t have to be you can leave your work feeling like you have accomplished what you set out to do but you just need some tips to help you along the way.
These are a few simple hacks to get your productive day started:
1. Wake Up Early.
Set the alarm clock for one hour earlier every morning and make sure in that hour you get “stuff” done around your home.
- Make the bed
- Get your exercise done
- Have a great breakfast
- Write down the three most important tasks you must accomplish today – be specific
2. Once you get to your office (or home office), take time to set some priorities.
Schedule the answering of your emails at specific times. Don’t react to incoming emails, wait until the scheduled time to answer and deal with any queries. You can waste a lot of time organizing and responding to emails so choose to do this 3-4 times a day.
3. Say NO!
This can be incredibly difficult for some people but you can’t let distractions get in your way. You have a specific job to get done and you need to stick to your priorities so if others distract you and want you to work on something else you need to learn to say no. A simple “sorry I am busy right now but I can help later if I get this done” should suffice. The only caveat is of course not saying no to your boss.
If your boss does ask, you to take on a new task show them your task list and ask them which one they want you to prioritize.
4. Avoid your personal Social Media channels.
If need be put a site blocker on all your SM channels so you can avoid checking your twitter or Facebook feeds every 10 minutes or when the notification tone goes off. SM is a huge time sucker and you can easily lose hours a day checking and responding to your accounts. If SM is NOT your job or your business make sure you play with it on your own time.
5. Keep your notebook and pen handy.
Don’t rely on your memory to get things done – write it down. You can download an app on your phone if that is your preference but the key here is to write it down immediately.
6. Try to work near a window.
Natural light and fresh air have been shown to both improve your day by providing you with Vitamin D and exposure to sunlight also helps you sleep at night. Fresh air always wakes up the mind and so sitting near a window that you can open will benefit you both at work and in your day-to-day life.
What do you think of these tips for maximizing productivity?
Next week we’ll be discussing Part 2 of my Productivity Hacks; Task Management! Be on the look out for this awesome post full of task management tips.
Want some more productivity tips you can read right now? Then check out this blog post from Lifehack with some more productivity hacks just for you!
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