In today’s high-speed, ever-connected times, being “busy” is one of the most valued social currencies. If we’re busy, then surely we must be important, successful, valuable and living full lives. As a business owner, there are periods when you’re frenetically trying to balance a million work-related things at once, but it is neither sustainable nor effective to operate that way. We feel burnt out, at the end of the day, utterly exhausted and unfulfilled in other areas of our lives. To help assuage the pains of being constantly busy, below are ways that will help you to be productive, maximize time and also reduce your stress-induced headaches. These tips will help you live a more balanced, healthy lifestyle while still pumping out the work you need to stay at the top of your game.
FOCUS ON COMPLETING ONE TASK PER DAY.
When you to do multiple things at once, your brain wastes a lot of time, context switching between tasks. And if you take on too much, you can easily become overwhelmed and lose track of what’s important. Now what’s nice about completing one task per day is that it forces you to prioritize and you won’t be distracted by other tasks. Furthermore, psychologically, this will make you feel good about yourself for finishing one thing instead of having a bunch of partially completed tasks.
DEAL WITH INTERRUPTIONS.
Interruptions differ from minor irritations to major problems. These series of interruptions make it impossible to stay productive because you constantly have to deal with them. To deal with this, accept the fact that interruptions will happen and focus on your response to these random events. You can identify how you’re often interrupted and take a proactive step that prevents them from reoccurring when you’re engaged in an important task.
LEARN TO SAY NO.
Saying yes to everything puts a huge strain on your time and productivity. People usually say Yes when they should say No. It important to remember this, whenever you say “yes” to a particular request, you’re indirectly saying “no” to something else. Keep this in mind: saying No isn’t rude rather the approach matters.
TACKLE TOUGHER TASKS WHEN YOU’RE MOST ALERT.
A set schedule does not work for everyone. Endeavor to figure out what works best for you and work around that. Often we put aside the harder tasks because we don’t feel confident enough in achieving them. They will never get done that way. If you’re a morning person, get after that dicey project over your first cup of coffee and be done with it. That way it won’t be looming over your head all day, distracting you from other tasks.
In most cases, there are many tasks you simply don’t need to do, and it may be possible to minimize others. If you’re in a management position or a business owner, focus on the tasks that can only be done by you and assign the rest to others.
TAKE REGULAR BREAKS.
To keep your energy levels high and your mind fresh, incorporate mini-breaks throughout your day. During your break, do something different than the task at hand to jumpstart your mind. When you approach the work again, your boost in productivity will be more the 15 minutes you spent on break.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Regardless of your situation and the demands on your time, with careful planning and creativity, you can always carve out time for the things that matter most. Use these strategies and start seeing improvement in your productivity.
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