Every minute of your life is like gold. Are you being productive and treating it that way? With so many hours in the day, and so much to do it is so important to use your time wisely. There are two ways increase your output–either put in more hours or work smarter. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to work smarter. Being more productive isn’t hard, but it does require being more deliberate about how you manage your time. This post will walk you through eight simple but effective ways to increase your productivity at work. Today, it’s no longer just about the art of finding your happiness. It’s also the art of making your days at work productive as possible. Take these eight tips to heart and start working smarter, not harder.
Wake up early.
Waking up early can give you a huge kick start for the day ahead. Not only does getting up early allow you to work more hours, it also can boost your rate of productivity. Studies have suggested that when a person gets up earlier, they may have more energy, better decision-making skills, manage time better, and achieve more goals.
Set your day for success.
One of the most effective ways to set your day up for success is to focus on your morning ritual. Having a morning ritual can help you have a focused, clear and calm mind that will set up the rest of your day. This is a special time to take care of yourself before entering a busy workday. Choose activities such as deep breathing, meditation, writing in a journal, or reading an inspirational book.
Take advantage of your commute.
Your commute is the perfect time to create a to-do list, play games that will sharpen your mind, send emails, or socialize. If you can’t write a list because you’re driving, it can still be useful just to have a mental checklist.
Prioritize your goals.
Got goals? You should. There’s no better time to review them and plan for them and do your goal tasks than first thing. You should have one goal that you want to accomplish this week. And every morning, you should decide what one thing you can do today to move yourself further towards that goal. And then, if possible, do that first thing in the morning.Pick the most challenging or important task to do first in your workday to accomplish. Once this is achieved, the other things to do managed and with less stress. It will also build momentum and keep you achieving for the rest of the day. Give yourself a reward after you finish your most challenging task so that you feel inspired to get it done as efficiently as possible.
Turn off distractions.
Focus on one task at a time and do it with your whole focus. You will get a far better result, create less stress for yourself from having too many balls in the air and feel much more empowered as a result.
Fuel your body.
Clean foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables will give to your energy and health. To be successful in your life and tasks, you need to have the energy and clarity that drives action. Eating a clean diet of raw foods and whole foods is so vital to daily success – not to mention just feeling and looking your best!
Organize your space.
By keeping organized, you will save time looking for things and will have more time to work on important tasks. As organization can improve the flow of communication between you and your team, you can also make your team more productive. After all, better communication leads to better results.
We can all admit that optimism is contagious. Having an upbeat attitude can inspire everyone around us. A survey by Gallup concluded that only 35 percent of U.S. managers are engaged in their jobs. This lack of engagement and its impact on employees costs the U.S. an estimated $77 billion to $96 billion each year. Attitude is everything. Optimistic leaders can both help motivate and engage their employees. A positive team will be driven to accomplish goals and work together to move things forward.