How often do you close a working day feeling satisfied, with the knowledge that you accomplished everything you wanted? It’s important that we give everything we have to our work but in order to see long-term success we have to be smart about how we manage our time and how we meet the usual day-to-day activities and challenges. Knowing how to unleash your creative power and tackle your assignments will influence your productivity and stress levels to a large extent.
If you believe you need some help with this, the solution is straightforward; replace bad habits with proven formulas for increasing productivity. Follow and implement our guide:
1. Always do the tough jobs when you’re at your best (physically and mentally)
The best approach is to avoid doing menial tasks like answering emails and making phone calls early in the morning and instead use this time to brainstorm and provide solutions to complex problems. Make sure to have a good breakfast and if possible, take a few minutes to meditate; that way, you can improve your mental energy and focus levels.
2. Don’t attempt to multi-task
Research has proven that multi-tasking reduces productivity and compromises IQ levels. Productivity can be reduced by as much as 40% when you take up more tasks than you can handle. Instead of multi-tasking, concentrate all your energy into one single task at a time, and this will radically improve your performance and quality of work. It might take some time to retrain your mind to focus on one task; when you feel your mind wandering, just think about how important it is to finish the task at hand.
3. Have a to-do-list prepared for the next day
A to-do-list is a simple item that helps to focus your attention on definite tasks; and it allows you to reserve the necessary energy to complete each task in a calculated time-frame. It helps you stay organized and professional, and it builds confidence in your ability to get things done. With each completed task you get a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment, and this motivates you to move on to the next item on the list. If you do this every day you will be able to accomplish a lot more than you have been able to in the past.
4. Minimize distractions
Find out what interferes with your attention at work and find a way to avoid it. At the end of the day, there are only a few things that really matter. Find out what these things are for you, and put all your energy into achieving them. Anything that interferes with your ability to get things done (both subtle and overt distractions) should be eliminated as soon as possible. Focus and productivity demand that you shut down any superficial noise and turn off people that want to take your time.
5. Take steps to reduce stress
The first step to reducing stress is to identify what your stressors are. Keep a journal for a few weeks and identify every recurring situation that causes stress – and note down how you respond or react to these situations. The goal here is to develop healthy responses and build a stronger resistance. Use these other tips to minimize stress at work:
. Give yourself time to recharge. Don’t allow a heavy workload to deplete all your energy. Take all the time you need to recharge and schedule your work so that you have some time to rest.
ii. Establish clear boundaries. This will allow you to allocate time to the right activity. When its time to relax, don’t touch your work. Similarly, when its time to check your email, or make calls, or brainstorm ideas, use this time effectively for improved results.
Remember to ask for support if you get overwhelmed from work. Spend time with family and friends so you can get grounded; and when you’re ready, go back to work with a solid plan.