Did you ever have one of those days or weeks where you feel like you accomplished absolutely nothing, but worked over 40 hours? Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your work day in order to become more productive. Here are some tips:
- Have a prioritized to-do list: I am sure we all have an idea in our head of what we need to accomplish for the week. Put those thoughts on paper! Taking a few moments each day to not only prepare but prioritize your tasks will make you much more efficient. Do the things that must be done first that way you aren’t leaving work feeling unsatisfied that you did not complete some of the tasks on your list. Give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes at the end of each work day to make your “to do” list for the next day.
- Give yourself a little “wiggle room”: We all know the saying “life never goes as planned”, neither do your workdays. It’s better to overestimate the amount of time it will take you to get a project done. You will need to have some flexibility if you get an urgent email or urgent project. Life happens! Allow yourself some flexibility for unseen circumstances.
- Take care of yourself: Eating unhealthy, not exercising, and not getting enough sleep at night does not just affect your waistline. It also affects how productive you are at work. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night and 30 minutes of exercise a day. Eat a diet full of lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Taking care of your physical self makes you mentally more prepared to excel in the workplace.
- Don’t take on more than you can chew: Part of being productive is not taking on more than you can handle. We all have 24 hours in our day, normally 8 hours in our work day. If you commit to more than you can handle the odds are something will go on the back burner and even you may get burned out.
- Track your time: You may be completely surprised to find out how much time you are actually spending on a certain task. Tracking your time is a sure fire way to improve your productivity. You will getting a better gauge on where you are spending the majority of your time and where you can cut back.