We are all gifted with a limited amount of hours in a day.
Are you making the most out of it?
Life can feel overwhelming sometimes. It may seem that your plate is always full. Regardless of the industry that you are currently in or how much you enjoy your work, Inevitably, at some point, you would feel unfocused and unmotivated.
How can you be the champion for productivity? Well, …you can begin by implementing 3 of this tips I have compiled to help you keep on track.
- Find your most productive hours
Do you remember all those mornings you hit your snooze button for the 100th time being in complete denial that it is time to wake up? Well, depending on the happenings in both your personal and work life, your sleeping pattern may change. It could be due to your ever-changing work schedules, traveling plans or family commitments.
It may not seem like it, but your brain is aware when it is time to rest, sleep and wake. In an article by Sleeporg it affirms that our body naturally knows what it should do. Here is a simple step on how you can absorb your full productivity capacity: Be aware of your body’s clock, not the time you wake up. So, If you do not fall into the category of the early birds and cant be awake by 6 am because you only fall asleep at 2 am, then don’t.
But, ensure that you have enough sleep and wake up when your body is ready. This would prevent burnout and would lead to a more productive day ahead. To discover the most excellent time of day to be your most productive, this practical plan prove to be useful, followed by having a schedule.
Following a schedule that utilizes your most productive work hours will ensure that the important projects receive the energy investments they deserve.
- Have a schedule and Unload Your To-Do Lists From Your Brains
Compile all of your to-do lists.Then,it is up to you to experiment which timing works best: Doing it on Sunday night before the week starts, the night before or in the early morning before you start your day. It can be as simple as writing it down in your planner. Unloading your to-do list from you brains to a physical space will keep you more organized and chances of you committing to it are higher.
Personally, I use this planner. But if you prefer using your phone, you may use apps such as Trello, Asana or make use of the Notes section on your phone. In this video of an interview with Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, he shared working 16 hour days splitting 8 hours on each company. He sets up a theme for each day and all tasks for the day is centered around the theme.
Another great example would be Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States. In a more detailed article, of his productivity ways and what I would love highlight is how he would block portions of his hours on his schedule and gives an overview of those hours .
Another variation of planning a schedule is to allow flexibility. Tim Ferris entrepreneur and author of The 4 Hour Work Week explained in his blog that he pretty much has a flexible schedule and his days varies although he also does have an overview plan for the week. All these examples listed are great but how do you decide which tasks get done first especially when your to-do list plates are brimming with tasks?
- Increase your efficiency by prioritizing.
You may know you what is on your schedule and your plate, but the rest of the world does not, which means that in all areas of your life everyone would want your attention and if you let it, be pulled to multiple directions, leaving you feeling overwhelmed. So how do you prioritize and increase your efficiency? Have you heard of the Pareto Principle otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, this is a tool that would help you prioritize. This principle suggest that 20% of your effort would produce 80% of the results, therefore, knowing your priorities is essential.
Here, is a simple step that would aid you: Look at your to-do list and prioritize the tasks/project by the date its due and the importance. After which you tackle one task at a time. The amount of work you can get done will surprise you.
Choose your battles wisely and use your sense of judgment.
I hope that the next time you hit another low period of productivity you remember to read this list and act on these three simple steps to rev up your productivity engines.