Peter Minkoff is one of my regular guest bloggers and you can always expect the best advice from his blogs. Check out his last one here. He's a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. This week, Peter's helping out our work life productivity with these 7 helpful tips!
I used to believe that my chaotic bedroom directly correlated to me being productive in a messy environment, or that I absolutely had those two hours to throw away frolicking on social media, watching viral chinchilla videos and my friend’s Hawaii photos in the middle of winter.
First of all, I hope he gets sunburn. Secondly, the impression was wrong.
Contrary to my very popular belief, I wasn’t doing myself any favors by procrastinating for what seemed to me a few minutes in the morning before I got down to serious business. It was actually more like an hour.
While having a chaotic working environment certainly harmed my focus and made me less productive than I needed to be, I realized that there were other obvious problems pulling me back every day.
The time had come for some serious changes.
Let me share some of my favorite productivity tips you can implement into your working life today and reap the benefits of maximum productivity!
Plan Your Day Ahead
Whether it’s taking a few minutes before bed, or a few in the morning, one of the most important aspects of being productive is planning. But, why plan the day and not the week?
Well, it’s unpredictable, to a greater degree. Sure, you absolutely should plan out your week, but it’s the daily micro planning that will set you up for productivity and success.
Be sure to plan out your tasks and daily schedule, devoting the exact amount of time to each task, and you’ll be more focused and relaxed.
Prioritize Your Tasks
Rearranging paper clips sounds like fun when the monthly budget report isn’t finished and the newsletter hasn’t been sent out? Yes, it does.
Alas, the first doesn’t take priority and what you need to focus on is addressing the most important tasks.
When you prioritize, and tackle the most challenging tasks first, you set yourself up for a day of productivity and fun.
Think You Can Multitask? Think Again
Sure, if you work from home you might get away with glancing at the stove to check if lunch is ready and if the cat fell into the stew, again, but even that counts as a distraction you are best without.
On the other hand, when you work in an office, keeping your cool and concentrating on the tasks at hand can be even more challenging.
Whatever the case may be, you shouldn’t take on more than one task at a time, as it will mess with your focus and deliver suboptimal results.
While we’re on the subject, it is important to note that concentration and focus are two very subjective things, and that I, for one, had neither.
I tried dimming the lights. It made me sleepy. I tried listening to music and all I can say is that I had very little work done by jumping around the house screaming into a pen. But when I couldn’t take it anymore, I turned to the internet and found a cognitive supplement called Smart Pill by Lucid.
It was supposed to be a pill that helps you concentrate and be more productive. I read the testimonials, and it seemed like everyone from students to their grandparents were using it. I gave it a try, and the rest is history. It’s my recommendation to everyone out there!
Declutter Your Workspace, Seriously
Enough is enough; you know you should do it, so just get it over with already. Your sanity and your boss will thank you in the long run.
Start by giving everything you don’t need to someone who does, and leaving only the essentials on your desk.
Then, you can proceed to creating folders and desk pockets for extra space.
Habits are Exciting
Forming habits can be very difficult, usually it takes 21 days to form a steady habit, but when you do, you’ll be grateful for it.
I could never get myself to get up before 9 in the morning, and then one time I decided that I’m going to wake up at 7 every day.
Needless to say, I don’t use an alarm clock anymore and when 7AM rolls around, I’ve already completed my big task of the day.
Take Smart Breaks
It’s not all work, work, work as Rihanna would say, there’s a lot in taking a break and chilling out.
Schedule your breaks so that you have time just for yourself, and if you can, get outside. You’ll find that you’ve come back to the office with mental clarity, ready to take on the rest of the day.
Play to Your Strengths
While every human is created equal, none of us are the same. What works for you, doesn’t necessarily work for your colleague and that’s why you should take some time to learn your natural rhythm and then plan your day, and your life.
If you can’t stand working out in the morning, do it after work, and if you love getting a sweat in before tackling on important tasks, then schedule your day accordingly.
The important thing regarding productivity is love. Doing the things you love isn’t work, but pleasure. By loving what you do, you’ll have no problems incorporating these changes into your lifestyle and becoming a happier little Earthling.