Productivity is the result of focussed efforts and smart planning. Being – and remaining productive at home or work can at times be a challenge. At the end of every workday, chances are that you’re not entirely satisfied with what you have accomplished – there always could have been that little bit more. I’ve thought about this for a while, and here’s what really worked for me:
- SEEK HELP AND DELEGATE
Everyone needs a helping hand every now and again, there’s nothing to be ashamed of – in order to get help from others however, you need to trust your colleagues. Should you choose to brief a colleague, ensure that all the necessary information and materials are passed on – if people are going to volunteer to help you out, it’s important that you’re on top of your game.
- TRIM DOWN ON MEETINGS
Time your most valuable asset, and whereas it may be tempting to meet up with people in the name of networking, the time you get at your desk is significantly more important than you might imagine.
If your manager has requested a one-on-one with you then it might be important, whereas you might want to think twice before signing up to the party planning committee.
- CREATE A TO-DO LIST
In life, some tasks are simple and others more complex. My preference is always to tackle the small fish first and then escalate to deeper issues later. I find Google Tasks very useful, as apart from creating easily accessible to-do lists, it synchs to Gmail, Calendar, and the Google mobile app making them readily available wherever I am.
Putting a timer on tasks is also worth considering so as not to lose focus half way through.
- PICK A POWER HOUR
Commit to dedicating the first hour of your day to getting as much done as you possibly can. Avoid your inbox, your favourite social site, and your horoscope and get right to work. This will set the general tone for the rest of the day and will give you a great sense of satisfaction if you’re able to keep this up for the rest of the day.
- KEEP YOUR MAIL ORGANISED
We guarantee that things will appear much less chaotic if you take the time to tidy up your email inbox. Use folders and filters to keep it up to date and immediately start feeling the difference – it’s literally as beneficial as clearing up your desk or cubicle.
- LEAVE YOUR DESK FOR LUNCH
Despite disrupting your productivity flow, actually leaving your desk for lunch will contribute towards much-needed relaxation and wellbeing. Enjoy your lunch break out of the office and return to your desk with renewed energy and focus.