Quick Ways to Become More Productive
By Sandy Schroeder
If you constantly feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps backward, it's time to make some changes.
Productivity authors Chris Bailey and Sarah Knight tell us to be realistic about what we can accomplish and just go ahead and do as much as we can. You may be delighted and surprised with your progress. Here are some more tips.
Intercept Roadblocks Early
There are a lot of diversions out there and only so much time. Focus on work early in the day instead of browsing the internet or taking calls. Tackle the most important project first and give it your full attention. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish with a few quiet morning hours.
Stamp Out the Tough Ones
Tough tasks are right up there with major projects. Whatever you have to do but don't want to do should be done early to clear up the day. It might be phoning a disagreeable client or following up with a complainer. Do your best to knock off those tasks and move on. Your day will flow a lot better once you do.
Let the Sun Do Its Work
If you are not getting enough natural light, you may constantly feel worn out. Try to get outside in the morning before breakfast or during a break at work to get some sunshine. Experts tell us getting enough sunlight stimulates the internal clock to generate the energy that our bodies need.
Reach Out With Compliments
All of us love to be complimented. Reach out to those around you to say good things to them too. Little positive notes can do an amazing amount of good for everybody involved. You may genuinely surprise someone with a compliment or they may be really pleased that you noticed. Creating a positive climate can do a lot to get rid of toxic people and negative attitudes.
Win Out Over Procrastination
If you find yourself procrastinating when you really should be putting in some serious work time, a time journal may help you get back on track. Start jotting down your work projects and summarizing the day's productivity. Knowing you have to enter every thing can be a powerful motivator to get more done. Be honest and use the journal to see where procrastination sneaks in.
Work With a 90-Minute Plan
Experts tell us we go from being alert to being tired out in about 90 minutes. Planning for 90 minutes of effort followed by breaks for exercise or socializing can help you maximize your work efforts.
Clear Your Mind
To clear your head and avoid muddled thinking, find an activity like walking, sipping tea or listening to music that helps you relax and feel centered. As these rituals become habits you may find it much easier to stay focused.
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