Planning on productivity
Written on the 9 November 2018 by Arrow
It's a frenetic feeling. Not having enough hours in the day. Caught between work responsibilities and family commitments, we can often feel like we're playing catch up in every area of our lives.
If this sounds familiar, there are simple steps you can take to improve your productivity, get on top of your day and set yourself up for success.
Work out what's urgent and what's important
The matrix allows you to prioritise your tasks in line with your goals and values. Using it you can work out what you need to do now, what you can leave until later, what you can delegate to others, and, importantly, which tasks you can eliminate altogether.
Remove clutter. This means in your physical and digital space. Before you get to work take a few moments make sure the space you're working in is neat and tidy. Equally, close all the open tabs and windows on your computer that are not relevant to the task at hand.
Take a breather
Moreover, different types of breaks achieve different things. If you are in a sedentary job for example, deskbound in front of a screen, it might be worthwhile stopping to do a few short stretches. Likewise, if your job relies mainly on your logical/linguistic left-brain, consider a right brain break do a quick doodle or sketch.
Proceed with caution however. There is a difference between taking a breather out of necessity and simply using it to procrastinate. You'll know the difference.
We all lead busy lives, but taking a few moments to get smart about how you organize your time can make life so much more fulfilling and less exhausting. So, ditch the distractions and plan your day. You might just find your productivity goes through the roof.