It is easy to get so busy during your day, that you barely have time to breathe or eat lunch. However, studies show that people who get up, and take time for themselves actually accomplish much more in a given day, than those who just sit and plow through whatever comes across their desk. Their minds are clearer, they are more focused and are able to sustain their energy levels much better throughout the day. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do, to show yourself some love and get stuff done!
Take regular mental breaks. In order to maintain productivity, you must take a real break, and I mean more than grabbing a quick bite to eat at your desk. I mean, getting up away from the computer and your desk. Go for a walk outside, grab a cup of tea, read a blog post or a chapter in that great book you’re reading. TAKE A MENTAL BREAK!! You can only maintain a focused line of thinking for so long, then your brain shuts off… your mind drifts and before you know it, you’re mumbling to yourself and making errors. Get up, take a nice deep breath and take a break. It will do wonders for you and whatever you’re working on!
Choose 3 tasks you want to complete. People often ask me, “So how do I set goals each day to maximize my work day?” My idea of maximizing my work day and yours may be quite different. We all have a definition of what “productivity” is. For me and the question I would have you ask yourself is, “How do I want to feel at the end of a work day?” Drained, but you accomplished all 10 things on your to-do list? Or do you want to feel good about the three tasks you accomplished and still have energy to greet your dog, your children, your spouse when you get home… and not collapse on the couch? Productivity is defined as: the long-term productivity of land. The effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.
Yes, being productive is not just about getting stuff done, it is also about being effective. So, next time you try to wedge 10 tasks into one day, ask yourself, what would be the best use of my time? What three tasks are top priority? Hey, if you get more done after those three tasks, bonus -that means more to celebrate!
Celebrate your accomplishments. Now when I say celebrate, I mean celebrate. Think about this for a moment. We spend our days, marketing ourselves in business, working hard to land another great client and then BAM -it happens. What do we do? Oh, that’s great… and quickly move on to the next thing. Or in your job, you go into work day after day, doing your very best work and one day, your boss calls you into his or her office and says, “I have been watching all of the great work you’ve been doing, I’d like to discuss an opportunity with you!” What happens when we land an amazing client or we say, hey that’s awesome –a new exciting opportunity or a promotion?
What is that about? Seriously, you worked your tail off to get that new client or that promotion. So go out and bask in that accomplishment!
I am telling you, be sure to acknowledge yourself and your accomplishments. As Jack Canfield says, you will stay motivated and you will be much more successful long-term, if you enjoy the fruits of your labour. Some people may argue that it’s their job to keep growing and doing better, getting new clients is what being in business is all about.
YES and… if we let it happen and miss celebrating and acknowledging these successes along the way, we lose sight of the real reason we started our businesses or we go to work each day –our passion and love for what we do.
In conclusion, we are the sum of our habits. The more we can create and develop strong habits, the better we will feel and the more accomplished and effective we will be long-term. Oh and, no beating yourself up! If you have a day where things don’t go so well, acknowledge it, step back, and ask yourself, what did I learn? Tomorrow is another day. Stay positive, remember –you are human!
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Heather Wilson, ATC
Founder of Spark Your Vitality
Leadership Coach | Speaker | Author | Corporate Trainer