Cancel unnecessary meetings and keep meetings short
It will benefit you to be more realistic about the value of time spent in many meetings. A lot of them can be effectively replaced by a quick email with highlighted objectives and reports which will serve the purpose just as well. Are many of your meetings set up to discuss what everybody already knows? It might be time to review.
If they are not meetings with clients, suppliers, job candidates and other outside parties. Review your regular meetings and keep only the ones that make sense. 30-Minute Meetings are very effective too. If you have to meet, go quickly to the purpose of the meeting and move on to implementation.
Turn Off Alerts
If your phone is quite chatty, you may get notifications for everything while you work. It is important you shut these notifications off. Efficiency will improve once you’re able to manage the use your phone effectively.
Drinking more water gives you more energy, keeps you healthy, and gives you an excuse to get up for bathroom breaks so you’re not stuck in a chair all day (which is horrifically unhealthy too, so you’re killing two birds with one water bottle).
Give Yourself a Break
You work hard–you deserve a break! Maybe with a Kit Kat, maybe with a cup of tea, maybe with a walk in the park. It’s easy to burn yourself out if you try to work at full throttle all day long. The truth is that our minds just aren’t designed to work that way. For optimal productivity, try the popular and praised Pomodoro technique–work for 25 minutes, then give yourself a five-minute break.
Silence Your Inner Perfectionist
Yes, a single piece of work can always be better, but what are you sacrificing by laboring over slight improvements? Do the best you can do in a reasonable amount of time, and then stop. Your inner perfectionist can be helpful, but it also needs to be kept in check.
Another tried-and-true classic–you absolutely need sleep if you want to be productive. Sometimes you might feel that if you only stayed up a few hours later, you’d get more done, but major sleep loss will ruin the entire following day.
In is a fact hat losing one night’s sleep is cognitively equivalent to being over the alcohol limit (with none of the fun parts, unfortunately). Equipment needs to be properly cared for to work correctly. Your brain is no different! Getting a good night’s sleep of seven to eight hours is mandatory, not optional.
A positive outlook goes a long way toward keeping you happy, healthy, and productive. Count your blessings, and seek out the silver linings.