If you feel like you do not have enough time to do everything you want to do, maybe it’s time to focus on setting yourself up for success!
Increasing productivity is more than just time management. It is about giving yourself enough freedom both mentally and physically to perform at your optimum level. One big factor to achieving optimal performance and increasing your productivity is setting yourself up for success.
Half time management and half self management, setting yourself up for success is all about taking incremental actions that will enable you to not only complete what you set out to do, but to complete your tasks and set yourself up for a great day.
1.Know your productive hours.
If you know you generally have a slump in the afternoon, don’t schedule important work or meetings during this time. If you are asked by colleagues to meet during this period, ask them if they can do an earlier time. At most, they will say no, and that is completely okay. Who knows, your colleagues might make note of your preferred hours when scheduling the next meeting.
2.Prioritise your tasks based on your productivity.
Knowing when your brain is the most productive and allocating different tasks to suit each time period will greatly increase your efficiency. As someone whose mind is running below full capacity before 10am, I tend to reserve the early morning for work that doesn’t require too much brain juice such as emails, scheduling, project summary meetings and administrative tasks. Between 10am and 3pm however, is when my mind is at its sharpest and I reserve all my heavy duty calculations and reporting for this timeframe. The afternoon and evening is generally used to schedule meetings and work that require a more creative approach such as brainstorming new products and creating content.
3.Eliminate Processed Foods
Did you know that help conscious eaters are 25% percent more likely to have increased job performance? Making the quality of food that you are eating a priority is one of the easiest ways to avoid that mid afternoon slump. One simple way to do this is by avoiding processed foods, especially during the workday. By eating complex carbohydrates such as grains, fresh vegetables and lean meats for lunch, you can avoid that sugar slump and are more likely to stay focused for the rest of the day. Of course, don’t forget to reward yourself with the occasional treat to keep yourself motivated and ready to tackle the next challenge!