We’re halfway through the year and it’s safe to say that we all need a bit of mid-year motivation. For some, it’s been six months of crunching work hours, dealing with clients, and trying to keep a balance between work and personal responsibilities. Well, it’s time to stop, breathe, and re-evaluate your game plan for the remainder of the year.
Your routine needs structure and balance. You have six months left before the December holidays and the trick to getting more of your work done in less time is by working smarter, not harder.
Here are five bad habits to remove, so that you can become more productive with less effort.
Find a balance between checking emails and deep-diving into your work
Constant email notifications will keep you from getting properly stuck into your work. Your clients expect you to approach their projects with intense focus. Having a persistent beeping in the background will distract you in the moments that you really need to be sharp. Find a balance between when to check your emails, and set aside a time during the day to switch off all devices and zone in on the project at hand.
Embrace your willpower
Did you know? People have a limited amount of willpower, which decreases throughout the day. (Click here to read more)
Consider tackling your hardest projects at the beginning of the day, or the time of day you feel your willpower is at its peak.
Be aware of multitasking
So many of us consider multitasking a profound skill to have, but did you know that only about 2% of the population is capable of effectively multitasking? (Click here to read more)
For most of us, it is considered a bad habit that decreases our attention span. Ultimately, it will make you less productive in the long run. So, rather stick to your to-do lists and prioritise your tasks daily.
This might seem strange to some, but excessively rigid planning leads to unrealistic expectations and can result in disappointment, which makes you feel lousy at the end of your day. Remember, no matter how hard you try, things don’t always go as planned. Instead, you have to make room for flexibility in your work day. Plan just four to five hours of real work each day. The remainder you can slot in as your day progresses.
Nothing deprives your productivity more than one of those ‘this could’ve all been said in an email’ meetings. Before accepting a request to a meeting, ensure that you are well informed about its purpose and what the expected outcomes are. If anything should sound unclear or disorganised, rather make a suggestion to discuss the concerns via an online meeting tool like Skype or Zoom. That way you save on fuel and time.
By following some of these simple steps, you can become more productive by working smarter and making the most of each day. The number one trick is to not interrupt yourself with bad habits. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You have a five-day work week for a reason. Work smart! Pace yourself and you will amaze yourself with how much you can accomplish.