10 Aug Skyrocket your productivity at work
As business owners and entrepreneurs the mountain of tasks seem to grow each day. Sometimes it seems impossible to stay focused with daily meetings, sales calls, team building, product development and other duties needed to run a business.
However there are things that you can do to optimize your productivity levels and hopefully regain some precious time into your day.
Here are some tips on how to skyrocket your productivity at work.
The Pomodoro Technique
This technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. The technique is based on the idea that by having shorter uninterrupted time intervals and short breaks the mind can be more agile and enter a state of flow easier. The time intervals are traditionally divided into 25 minutes of work and 5 minutes of break. The intervals are known as pomodori which is the plural for pomodoro, the Italian word for tomato. After 4 pomodori are taken then you would take a break for 15-30 minutes.
Early bird gets the business
I know this can sound like the words of a crazy person when you’re speaking to an already over tired entrepreneur but here me out.
Wake up earlier.
Of course to do this you need to go to sleep at a reasonable time. But instead of taking advantage of the wee hours of the night, change your preference to the wee hours of the morning. By waking up earlier in the morning you can get a head start on the day before the phone starts to ring, meetings happen, and demands are made on your time. By the time the rest of the world is awake you’ll be ready to meet the challenges head on.
In addition getting a good night’s rest with regular waking hours will boost your energy and mental capabilities. If this sounds like madness to you just treat it like an experiment. Try it for a few weeks and track your productivity. Or you can just look at the results of early risers like:
- Square CEO Jack Dorsey
- Richard Branson Founder Chairman of the Virgin Group
- Apple CEO Tim Cook
Put Email in it’s place.
Some people think that email is dead. But actually it’s alive and kicking and getting very clogged up. It can seem tempting to constantly check your email in order to keep it under control but let’s face it. That monster will never feel satisfied.
When you open your laptop or boot up your computer to start work, avoid the temptation to hop right onto our email and start answering requests. Before you know it, you’ve spent hours trying to get back with people.
When you check your email first thing you are working on other people’s agenda. You are working on what they need you to do. First do the things that you must get done and then get back to serving the world.
This is the age of multi-tasking and multi-screens. It’s as if our brains crave the constant buzz of doing ten things at once. But studies show that it’s impossible for the brain to do more than one thing at once. You’re actually just switching from one task to another. When the constant switching of tasks is happening, it’s very hard to enter the flow state and get major work done.
Get started on tomorrow tonight.
You know that truckload of things you have to do the next day that comes to visit you at night? Well park that thing in the driveway and do a brain dump of all of the stuff going on in that awesome head of yours.
By created a list of things that you know that you need to focus on the next day you are prepping your mind to attack that list the next morning. Rather than spend 30 minutes trying to plan what you are supposed to do during the work day, you’ll be able to jump right into your list of things to accomplish.
And if you wake up early to do so you’ll be stellar with skyrocketing your productivity at work.
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