The older you get, the more adult responsibilities you’re placed with that can overwhelm you to the point of mental exhaustion and pure chaos. Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes down to getting things done and own regime, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that way is getting the job done effectively and efficiently.
1. Create A Schedule:
I highly recommend buying yourself a good old fashion planner where you have to write deadlines and important to do lists so that you’re more likely to refer to it in the future. When physically writing something down you’re more likely to remember it and in turn get it done. Sometimes it can get a little tricky using specific reminder apps or technology because devices can die, get stolen or malfunction and then you’re completely distraught and confused about your goals for the week.
It’s important to plan out your day, giving yourself enough time for the basics of sleep, eating and some physical activity to help you clear your mind and stay healthy. Incorporate what is manageable on your schedule but make sure you’re not trying to bite off more than you can chew as there are only 24 hours in a day.
2. Prioritize Deadlines:
If you’re given a ton of information becoming overwhelmed just take a step back and figure out what the most important deadlines of the project consist of. Once you’ve prioritized you’re a list of items to check off, make sure you’re taking into account the slight amount of work you will have to be putting in every day for the projects with later deadlines.
3. Minimize Distractions:
Turn your phone and TV off because these distractions could be exactly why all of your work is being prolonged. I understand that it can be hard to focus on tedious projects and work, but any slight distraction can mess up your productive flow.
4. Create Time Blocks:
There are only so many hours in the day, and it’s hard to be productive 110% of the time so make sure you’re giving yourself rewards throughout the day. The usual time for productivity is around 9:00 am -11:00 am depending on when you start your day but make sure you’re taking time for a substantial lunch to refuel and then get back to business.
Know when you’re the most productive and plan to get the majority of your work done for the day during that time, creating a sense of structure daily.
5. Have A Functional Environment:
Make sure your surroundings are tidy and calming as you want to submit the best work possible. It’s important to have a clean surface whether you’re working on a table or a smaller desk, there is no need for clutter that will, in turn, clutter your mind. Make sure you electronic cords aren’t all tangled, and you have good Feng Shui in the office or if you’re working remotely from home.
If you’re not able to focus on your particular location make sure you’re speaking up so you’re able to change offices or desks so you can be productive. Also, communicate with other employees if they are distracting you or being disrespectful during prime working hours.
Learn more about how to be productive at work from the video below!