Five Tips for Maximizing Productivity at Work
It’s 3:20 pm on my side of the world. I’ve been sitting at my desk for over six hours of my day. This is usually the time when I hit the proverbial “wall” and need a (Diet) Pepsi. Over the last few weeks, however, I’ve been implementing a few new tricks to maximize my productivity and cut down on my artificial sweetener intake.
Whether you work in front of a computer eight hours a day or not, I’d suggest giving these a try:
1.) Do the tough tasks during your peak- Some of us work faster, stronger, better in the morning while some of us are just hitting our stride when the clock strikes noon. Whatever your peak performance time is, try to do the most difficult tasks on your agenda that day, at that time.
2.) Cut the communication cord- Choose a set period of time each day (possibly during your peak performance time) to shut off instant messenger, log out of your email account and turn off your mobile device. Answering IMs, emails and phone calls breaks up your train of thought–and who knows how long it will take to catch that train again! If people really need to get in touch with you, they can swing by your desk and tap you on the shoulder!
3.) Take a walk- Or play ping pong or foosball or whatever it is you might want to do–other than sitting in front of a computer screen–during your allotted 15 minute breaks. If for some (possibly illegal) reason you do not get 15 minute breaks each day, then use your lunch break to get some exercise. Believe me, your body AND your mind will thank you!
4.) Make a list- At the end of every day, I like to create a checklist of the things I need to do the following day. Then, as you accomplish those tasks the next day, cross them off your list. Not only does this keep me on task and prevent me from wondering “Now what was it that I needed to do?” but I can literally feel the sense of self-satisfaction pulsing through my veins as I check off each item!
5.) Think ahead and press forward- If you know you’ve got a big deadline later in the week, prioritize your other, smaller tasks accordingly. Dreading that huge project looming in the not-so-distant future? Break it down into smaller action items and do what you can ahead of time.
And now it’s your turn. How do you manage your time and maximize your productivity?
*Original post resides on my tech blog