Ever wonder how some people are just so successful? Their trick? Working smarter, not harder. If you’re constantly ‘busy’ but not really accomplishing anything, you’re on a frustrating track.
Drink Water Make sure to start your day with a glass of water as soon as you wake up. It helps to wake up your brain and boost your metabolism, helping you to feel brighter, quicker.
Two Minute Rule If you get a task that will take less than two minutes to complete, then do it immediately. It will stop your to-do list growing and growing and it will also force you to make a quick decision on completing the task.
Turn Off Notifications Quite often we’re distracted by text and email alerts when we’re in mid flow of a task. Even the quickest peek can sidetrack your focus and derail the prospect of getting things done quickly.
Go Offline If what you’re doing doesn’t require the internet, then turn off your wifi. As with notifications, getting distracted by checking the news can become a rabbit warren and a minute can easily turn into 30!
Set a Time Frame Parkinson’s Law states that work expands to fill the time available. So setting yourself generous deadlines could mean that you’re just wasting time and taking longer than the task really needs. By limiting how long you spend doing something you’ll get things done faster.
Give Yourself a Uniform Ever wonder why Steve Jobs was only ever seen in that black polo-neck? Likewise Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) is more often than not seen in a grey top and jeans. By doing this you are removing one extra decision from your day, leaving your mind and time more free to deal with more productive things. Chill Out Plans Love having a free weekend to be spontaneous? Well this usually backfires. By making plans for your leisure time you’ll feel more productive and happier, rather than feeling like that weekend was wasted.
Keep it Short Working long hours is massively counter-productive. Aim to work only 35 hours per week. Longer than this and you’ll start making mistakes and bad decisions. In the long-run, you’ll spend more time correcting them!
Take a Break Have a chocolate bar of choice! Well, not necessarily a chocolate bar but do take an opportunity to take a step away from your work every 25 minutes. By getting up and stretching your legs or looking out of the window for a minute, you’ll refresh your mind before it starts wandering. Be sure not to do anything else during the break though otherwise you could get sidetracked!