Being productive is all about how you plan the day ahead. A large part of it does have to do with attitude and preparation. But whether you work from home or work in an office, a lot of the advice I’m delivering today works for both instances.
Get it ready the night before – Productivity begins with preparation. Having everything ready the night before will save time in the morning. This means your work outfit, handbag and a mental note of what the day has ahead. But don’t overthink it. Just be prepared so you don’t have to concern yourself too much first thing in the morning.
Eat complex carbs for breakfast – Having granola with full-fat Greek yoghurt and strawberries is a great way to release energy before a workout. This is because granola is a type of complex carbohydrate which creates natural sugars as opposed to refined sugar.
Have a morning workout – Working out before work has been proven to increase your mood and energy. This is because your body released endorphins whilst you exercise. In addition, because your heart has been pumping and your body is awake, your concentration levels will be too.
Use your commute time – Use the time on the train to prepare for your day. Prep your to-do list or make notes for meetings. If you’ve already got it sorted, relax your mind a little with a book and some music.
Get there early – Getting to the office early, or if you work at home, to your desk, get your computer started, make a cup of tea and get yourself comfortable.
Keep a to-do list – Plan your day by prioritising what you need to do in your day. Time manage how long you are going to spend on each task and try your best to stick to it. This way you will be more determined to focus on one task at a time.
Only check your emails only twice a day – It is SO easy to get distracted by emails. However, if you have a task that has a deadline, turn them off. Check when you start work and check after your prioritised tasks are complete.
Take regular breaks – Research has shown that taking regular, scheduled breaks during your work day will increase your concentration. This way you won’t be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. You’ll also be resting your eyes and mind.
Don’t do too many things at once – Multi-tasking increases distractions upping the risk of errors being made and jobs being half complete. Be committed to one task at a time.
Limit the time you take on each task – If you manage your time for each task you are going to take on you are more likely going to focus harder and complete it much more effectively.
Say ‘no’ – If you can’t take on more work or cannot do a task, let the person who asked you know. This way you won’t overload yourself and can focus on your responsibilities.
Commuting home – Avoid doing anything that involves looking at a screen on the way home. Give yourself a little rest and just enjoy the ride. Sit back, relax, perhaps have a little nap.
Leave the work day behind – Turn off work emails, phones, anything that connects you to your job. It’s time to let go of the office if you want to have high productivity the following day!
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