A lot of times people equate hard work with burnout. If you’re not exhausted you must not have worked very hard, right? I’m going to let you in on a little secret—you can accomplish more each day without draining yourself.
It’s true! There’s absolutely no reason why you should overwork yourself and in the process exhaust your body and mind.
To get the results you want you should shift your focus from being busy to being productive. With some changes to your daily approach you can make better decisions, solve problems, and still feel great.
If you’ve found yourself slumped over at a desk full of unfinished tasks each day then don’t worry, the solution is simple.
You must replace your bad habits and reactive patterns with good habits to become proactive and take charge of your own workdays.
Let’s get down to the steps you can take to get more done every day and maintain productivity for a sustained amount of time.
When you can identify your peak productivity time (maybe it’s late at night or first thing in the morning), you can radically change how you get things done.
You will now avoid mental sludge by reserving mundane tasks, like answering e-mails, for times when you’re less sharp.
While big goals are good and important too, they’re not the easiest to achieve. Yes, they can often keep things in perspective and keep your hopes alive, but can we really tackle them?
A good goal is measurable, actionable, and specific. Whenever you break your goals down into this formula you’ll see that you are able to get more done!
Plain and simple—multitasking is a productivity killer. Research has shown that multitasking is productivity’s enemy.
It can lead to some other serious concerns, like lowering your IQ. The fix is simple: stick to one task at a time, and you’ll see productivity soar.
By organizing your day you can keep your goals prioritized and at the forefront of your mind.
Each night take some time to organize your objectives for the next day, and get focused on what you want to accomplish.
If you want to take it a step further talk to someone about the tasks you have planned. When you have to explain the steps you must take you’ll find that actually taking those steps is much easier.
Proper delegation is a key to productivity. To do this well though you must assign the right task to the right person, and then leave them to do it.
However, don’t assume that you must micromanage. The point of delegation is to give you more time to tackle your own tasks.
We all know that this is important, yet most Americans don’t get enough sleep. When we are sleep deprived we aren’t as sharp mentally, we physically don’t feel good, and of course productivity suffers.
Make rest and taking care of yourself a top priority. If you aren’t feeling your best you can’t deliver.
Give yourself time to implement these tools for productivity. If you try to make too many big changes at once it’s likely you’ll get burnt out before you even start.
What tips and tricks do you have for implementing productivity? I want to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know.