Four Simple Ways to Maximize Your Productivity
Sometimes we’re not as productive as we should be. Actually, for most of us, that’s probably an understatement. It doesn’t matter whether you just started your Jones College career training program or you’re an alum working a full-time job and taking care of a family. Taking some time to re-focus energies and develop good habits can be extremely helpful in maximizing our crazy days.
While strategies can be tailored to fit every individual and their unique situations, these four tips have proven successful for countless students and employees across the country. Read the following suggestions and see if you can incorporate them into your bulked-up schedule.
Start the day with me-time – We know how it feels to wake up with too much to do, and it doesn’t leave much reason to get up in the morning. If you want to start your day on a strong note, begin by taking some time to focus on yourself. Cook yourself a hearty breakfast to build energy, slowly sip a cup of coffee and read the newspaper (or whatever it is you like to do in the morning). Our point is to take some “me time” before gearing up for the day’s obligations and stresses. Trust us – you deserve it.
Shrink your to-do list – Let’s start this off by saying that, in most cases, less really is more. It absolutely feels good to barrel through a long checklist of tasks. There’s nothing like the sound of a big fat marker crossing items off the agenda. But are you maximizing your productivity, or just knocking out several seemingly meaningless things? Rather than quantity, make sure you’re completing quality work. Choosing to concentrate on three EXTRA important tasks may be a greater use of your time than trying to take care of 15 less-important chores.
Begin with the toughest tasks – This is the sure-fire way to rid yourself of those heavy clouds that hang over your entire day. When we put off our most-dreaded responsibilities, that cloud only grows thicker (and gets us into deeper trouble). Once you compile your thought-out, compact to-do list, structure them from hardest to easiest. When lunchtime rolls around and you’re already on the calm end of your list, life’s going to feel so much better.
Take breaks – When you concentrate too hard for too long, your brain slowly morphs into mush. And cleaning up that mush doesn’t fit very well into your prioritized, tight-knit to-do list. Give yourself a chance to breathe every once in a while. Take a short walk, visit with friends, students or co-workers, or watch some funny YouTube videos. In the long run, it’s going to benefit you much more than trying to work pedal-to-the-metal all day long.
You don’t have to follow these tips to a T, but we’re willing to bet that adopting at least some form of these ideas will help you improve your day-to-day workload. For more productivity advice, don’t hesitate to consult your Jones College instructors or contact the Career Services department.