At the time you’re reading this, I can only assume you have finished a long day of hard graft and are looking to unwind with some interesting light reading. If by chance you’re not, maybe we should talk about productivity. Each time we prepare ourselves for a new workday we have two choices to consider. Do we want to work longer or should we work smarter instead?
Thought so… Here are the 5 top tips to maximise productivity.
- Take a break
Ok, maybe not the most inspiring tip to start off with but hear me out! Scheduling small breaks throughout the day can relieve some of that ruthless monotony and improve concentration. Taking breaks during lengthy tasks can help to maintain consistently heroic performance that will make others’ wonder what your secret is.
- Limit your meetings
If you’re anything like I am, the obligatory small talk at meetings can last a little longer than you were hoping for. Maybe the more loquacious of us aren’t helping matters but even the all-business types can heed this warning. Meetings are the time-sucking vampire of the work day as we unquestionably succumb to their whim. It seems like it takes just as much time to arrange them, smile through them and quite probably complain about them. They are a necessary evil at times, but meet smarter.
- Stop multitasking
I know, this initially sounds counterintuitive to productivity. However, multitasking can lead to starting everything but finishing nothing. Quality of work can be effected too. By dispersing time and concentration across several tasks, that energy could go into perfecting one.
- Accept your flaws
So I may have gone a little overboard about perfecting tasks. Perfection is the gold-dust sneezing unicorn surfing over the edge of that pastel coloured rainbow. If it exists, you’re never going to find it (what would you really do with it anyway?). Accept that nothing is ever perfect. I’m not saying I advocate giving out trophies just for participating, but knowing you have given the task everything to the best of your ability should be enough to let you move on to the next task.
- Disable notifications
You’re thinking about it right now aren’t you…? It takes a great deal of will power to ignore the innocuously alluring pings and vibrations we are so conditioned to respond to. Set some of your most productive hours aside from digital distractions.