Constantly being productive can a daunting proposition. The idea of always working towards your goals without setting aside time to just relax isn’t one most people relish. But the reality is that the actual act of completing tasks and remaining productive will actually make you feel happy and content. Plus, the longer you work at improving your productivity, the easier it will become for you to integrate new strategies into your life that will help you improve even further.
It might seem counterintuitive, but it’s often better to do things slowly. It gives you more time to think things out and make sure they’re done right, so that you don’t have to re-visit them in the future or fix any mistakes you made by rushing through your work. It might take longer in the short term, but you’ll save time and be more productive in the long run.
Spending your entire day thinking about your business and professional life will wear you out mentally. Do this long enough and things – both personal and professional – will fall through the cracks. So find some time for yourself, time to relax and not worry about your professional life. In the end, time set aside for you and your personal hobbies will lead to a huge improvement in your productivity.
The Long Term is just as important as the short term.
It’s easy for day-to-day dealings to dominate your field of view, but the long term is equally important. Set aside time to think about long term goals. Then, make a plan of how to achieve each of them, and then work that plan into your day to day routine.
Carve out time where you’re unavailable to others.
Time on your own is just as important as time with others. It gives you the opportunity to think things over, to plan out your course of action on larger projects without interruption from others. In a constantly connected world, time alone is one of the most valuable commodities you can have.
Big projects require a set plan, who’s going to tackle what, deadlines for every aspect.So next time you’re undertaking a big project, start by meeting with your team and coming up with a firm plan. Not only will this help make sure the project is gets done, but it will keep your team accountable and help cut down on your own stress.
Track of your strengths and weaknesses and be ready to change your habits to improve your productivity. Keep a “Stop Doing” list to track your bad habits, and check them off once you’ve broken them. See what activities take up the most amount of your time, and come up with ways to shave a few minutes off each one. Even small improvements to your productivity will add up and save you lots of time in the long run.
You’re going to have to take care of it eventually, so putting something off is only going to make it take longer. Plus, completing a big project energizes you, and helps motivate you to continue being productive.
Write out everything. Make checklists for task you’re assigned. Take notes at every meeting you attend. Keep a pad of paper with you at brainstorming sessions. Not only will it help you be more organized, but the actual act of writing things down will help you think them over and come up with the best way to tackle them.
Unexpected things happen, and sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about it except be ready to adjust. Keep yourself flexible and prepare for the worst case scenario. That way, when the unexpected happens, you’ll be more than ready to handle it.