How to Have One Productive Work Day After Another
By Sandy Schroeder
Productive can be an elusive element. One day you cover all of the projects. The next day you may be delayed on the way to work, have a long lunch with a client, and have to leave early for a dental appointment.
Some days just soak up every bit of energy and still come up short when it comes to productivity. Recently Forbes looked at the problem and came up with some tips to stay disciplined and squeeze the most out of every day.
Pin Down the Best Morning Routine
Some mornings become chaos in motion as you scramble to get the kids ready for school, feed the dog, and hit the road. You may grab a bagel on the way out the door and have your coffee when you arrive at work. Starting out on the right foot can make a huge difference. Pin down the key elements that make your morning work and stick to them. Coffee the minute you get up, healthy breakfasts for everyone, enough sleep, and a brief run on the treadmill may set you up for a perfect day. Get up a little earlier and make it happen.
Create the Best Work Schedule
When you arrive at work, texts, emails and calls may all be waiting, but you need to take charge of the routine that works best for you. Do a quick read to see if there are any emergency communications that have to be handled, and then deal with all of the rest of the calls, emails and texts in one lump period, either mid-morning or in the afternoon. Use the prime time in the morning to work on your most important projects, giving them your full attention. At the end of the day, do a wrap-up, clear the desk to catch any new issues and then head out, hopefully to only answer emergency calls in the evening.
Thread Small Breaks through the Day
Nobody can work eight hours straight and be totally productive. Take a mid-morning break to walk or have a piece of fruit or cheese. Eat a good lunch away from your desk and add a short walk. Take another break mid-afternoon to have a healthy snack like apples or nuts and talk with co-workers. Those small breaks and good foods will keep your brain functioning well, helping you stay focused to do your best work.
This is just an overview. Add your own details to create the most productive environment that fits you.
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