Another day on the job – already! Where did yesterday, or the past week, or even the past month go?!
You have targets to hit, candidates and clients to bowl over with your knowledge and finesse, and a to-do list that just won’t stop. Feel like you’re ready to tear your hair out and throw your arms up and that list in the trash?!
Whoa. Take a beat. Remind yourself just how awesome you are – and know that even a few simple adjustments to your daily processes can make a huge difference in making your time go further and your productivity levels grow.
Get rid of wasted time and make your life easier and way less stressful by trying some of these productivity hacks:
Start your Monday on Sunday.
Your initial reaction to this suggestion is probably, “No. Way.” You already feel like you have too much to do without losing precious weekend time. But just knocking off small tasks like updating your weekly schedule can help you hit the ground running come Monday morning. Avoid feeling overwhelmed right from the start – and you might just sleep better on Sunday night, too.
Exercise as a morning boost.
Set your alarm a mere 15 or 20 minutes earlier and build a short walk or exercise video into your morning routine. As noted by Cedric X. Bryant, MD, a chief exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise, morning exercisers tend to stick with their healthy habits because they get them done before other daily distractions intrude. This habit also helps you be more energetic throughout the day and sleep better at night.
Track your time.
It’s hard to make effective changes unless you know what your worst productivity drains are. Try a tracking app like Rescue Time or Toggl – or just use a paper and pen if that works best for you. Try it for a week to 10 days. When you review the results, you may spot certain activities or tasks that eat up a disproportionate amount of hours. This is where you can streamline. Also, you can then schedule your day around your most and least productive times.
Pause your inbox.
Use Gmail coding or an app such as Inbox Pause. This will prevent messages from clogging your inbox for a set period of time so that they won’t distract you.
Focus on one task at a time.
Despite popular opinion, multitasking may not always be the best idea. Recent research shows that constantly doing several things at once actually shrinks the brain. Yikes! By focusing on one task at a time, you’ll get it done faster and better – and accomplish more in the long run.
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