10 Tips for Reaching Maximum Productivity
Work smarter not harder! Maximum productivity – something that everyone wants to reach but so few actually manage to achieve. Reason being, almost all of us procrastinate on different levels.
Whether you're the type of person that jumps out of bed before your alarm clock or the kind that doesn't officially start your day until that second cup of coffee, we can all use a little push in the morning. Follow these tips to help you make the most out of your day and achieve maximum productivity from start to finish.
Set up a morning ritual.
Starting your day the same way can signal to your mind it's game on and motivate you to get the ball rolling, even when you don't feel like it. Choose an activity that puts you in a positive mindset to start off the day and one that you're able to commit to regularly.
Eight for the day
Every morning, make a list of eight goals to accomplish. Tell yourself that if you can’t complete those eight tasks within an eight-hour workday, you’re using your time in the wrong way. I try to include six professional goals and two personal ones from my “ideal day” list.
Pick off the low-hanging fruits first
By low-hanging fruits, I mean tasks that can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. Try to finish the tasks that can be finished quicker than the ones that are bound to take much time.
Sit up straight.
If you work at a desk all day, the worst thing you can do is hunch over your computer. This position pushes your diaphragm against your lungs, limiting your ability to take full, deep breaths. When you don't breathe in enough oxygen, you can hinder your ability to concentrate.
Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.
Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy. The benefits of drinking water are even more so first thing in the morning. Why? After a 7-9 hour rest, your body is dehydrated. Dehydration can have some pretty nasty affects: dizziness, sluggishness, confusion, and even fainting. Make sure you not only drink a glass of water during your morning ritual but also incorporate it into your daily routine.
. Mess creates stress.
So clean out the clutter in your work space to get more done.
Gift yourself 15 minutes: Often, we spend our time jumping from task to task without taking a break or accomplishing any real work. Learn to cut each task time by 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how this affects your freedom to move from one task to the next.
Create incentives for completing tasks.
What distracts you at work? Hunger? Texting? Chatting with coworkers? Rather than let distraction infiltrate your time spent working, use these triggers as incentive to get work done. Set up a system where you allow yourself a short break after completing a task on your to do list. For example: "After I finish this report I'll allow myself a five-minute coffee break". This conditions your brain to look as work in smaller chunks of time, making it more manageable and rewarding.
Have a disengagement ritual before going to bed.
This simply means that you need to have a marker for each night which signals that your day is complete. Condition yourself to leave your work behind, and more importantly to not think of the work waiting for you the next day.