There is no worse feeling than coming to the end of what should have been a productive day and realising you’ve achieved nothing. Utilising your time effectively is arguably easier said than done, but with a little self-discipline, that feeling of regret after an unproductive day can take a back seat.
1. Structure your day
The phrase “start as you mean to go on” really could not be more relevant within the context of productivity. Starting your day by creating a plan consisting of what you intend to achieve will provide you with direction, something to refer to and will also allow you to practice working to a deadline. Pathfinder offer a calendar you can use to enhance your organisation, allowing you to plan your days correspondingly.
2. Don’t stick to the same routine
Varying your routine is a great way of finding out what works best for you and when. You may find that carrying out large tasks in the morning just doesn’t resonate well with you and that switching these with smaller tasks you previously carried out in the afternoon may prove to be more effective. Initially, trial and error may seem like a lengthy process, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run once you have discovered where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
3. Eliminate distraction
Distractions have an annoying ability to eat into your time, and without them, a lot more will be achieved. Devices such as mobile phones, which you may be guilty of turning to multiple times throughout a day should be switched off or put in a separate room. If you feel you will need your mobile phone to carry out the task you are attempting to complete, turning notifications off and temporarily deleting social media applications could be wise.
4. Don’t be afraid to say no
Although you may feel guilty about saying no to appealing disruptions which may arise during the course of a day, it’s important to know when to draw the line. Learning to prioritise is fundamental if you wish to be more productive. Not only will disturbances decrease in frequency if you are able to say no, but you may also consequently acquire the ability to manage a sustainable relationship between your work and your social life.
5. Sort out your sleep schedule
A tired mind won’t be doing you any favours if you are hoping to power through a day and secure multiple ticks on your to do list. Realistically, it’s always going to be a challenge going to bed on time, but making an extra effort to hit the hay according to a schedule will make a huge difference. In order to get a good night’s sleep, winding down appropriately is key; including switching off screens an hour before you rest, or avoiding the consumption of caffeinated drinks in the evening.
6. Increase your typing speed
If you’re carrying out computerised tasks using a keyboard, there’s a chance to become more productive through practicing your typing. The ability to touch type is a skill which will enable you to complete written tasks in quicker succession, subsequently improving your productivity. There are many touch typing courses to choose from on the internet which you can participate in. Fatigue will also become less of a problem as a result of touch typing.
Productive days will provide you with great self-fulfilment and can be a game changer if they become a regular occurrence.
Author: Jamie Hewitt