Getting the most out of every work day means finding ways to stay focused and productive without getting overly stressed or overwhelmed. Below are some tips from successful people on methods and strategies to help you achieve your goals.
One of the best pieces of advice ever given is to avoid checking your email first thing in the morning. Many people have found this to be very helpful in terms of actually allowing them to get tasks done.
Too frequently, when we begin our days with our inbox, we end up getting sidetracked from what actually needs to be taken care of. But checking our emails compulsively without allowing for any distraction free time can actually impair productivity. So remember to start the day with an hour or so of time to clear up work from yesterday or to get a head start on the day.
Another important way to maximize your productivity and one that goes hand in hand with the above is to do the thing you least want to do first.
After a long day, doing that project you’ve been dreading can seem impossible, but mornings tend to be easier. When you leave work at night write yourself a reminder about what you need to get done and set up all the materials you’ll need right there on your desk.
When you arrive in the morning you’ll see it all there and spend that first hour tackling the task or at least making a good dent in it. This goes likewise for phone calls you’ve been avoiding or anything else. You’ll feel much better when you’ve started and the rest of the day you’ll be riding high on having accomplished something tough.
Finally, most productive people remember to take time away from work as well so as to clear their heads. Exercise provides probably the fastest way to move out of your head and into your body. Without the ability to unplug, you lose your perspective and your creativity so make sure you have time for the things that make you happy outside of work.