Whether you’re a part of a large corporate team or a sole entrepreneur, every individual has the same challenges and goals when it comes to being as productive as possible during the workday (whatever those times may be). That said, it doesn’t take a huge mental shift to become the next Elon Musk. Subtle changes and decision-making opportunities can help you achieve more while alleviating stress.
1. Create realistic expectations of your daily goals
Instead of adding as many things as possible to your to-do list on a Monday morning, be realistic with your time – humans are typically bad at estimating how much time tasks take to complete. Rather outline the most important things you need to do, and begin with those, allowing ample time for and between each to-do item; and spread them evenly across the course of the week, rather than one day.
2. Take regular breaks
Ironically, one of the best ways to become more productive is to take time to stop and reflect. Appreciating the tasks you have completed and resting your mind can help improve concentration. Studies have shown that taking short breaks during long tasks helps you to maintain a constant level of performance; while working at a task without breaks leads to a steady decline in performance.
3. Embrace the “two-minute rule.”
It’s easy to push many ‘small’ tasks aside, but entrepreneur Steve Olenski’s “two-minute rule” has proven to be a game-changer for many. The two-minute rule recommends workers to assess tasks or actions, and if they can be completed within two minutes, do it immediately. According to Olenski, completing the task right away actually takes less time than having to return to it later.
4. Don’t let uncontrollables control your day
While every job has its unexpected tasks which tend to pop up and interrupt your main goal (we all have that damn email which emerges just when you begin another task), don’t let incoming phone calls, mails, and messages dictate how you spend your day. For example, set aside time for responding to emails, but don’t let them determine what your day is going to look like. Have a plan of attack at the start of each day, and then do your best to stick to it.
5. Use the technology available
The Achilles heel for many businesses is the hesitation or refusal to leverage technology and tools available – and we’re not talking about computers and the internet, but the software, programs and platforms that can significantly increase productivity in the workplace. From applications that can help an individual’s solo tasks, to collaborative platforms for teams to work and coordinate projects together, there are a host of great products to help save you time, money, and boost your productivity. These are especially crucial if working in a remote capacity.
Furthermore, having a custom-developed solution for your business or personal tasks has a number of benefits, giving it longevity, allowing it to be easily upgradable, and it’ll help set your business apart.
So, if you’ve been toying with the idea of developing a distinct digital platform to get your company’s growth to the next level, get in touch with the team at My Online Presence and let them guide you on the way!