In this blog, I’ll help you make the most out of your day. When it comes to being productive, the key here is to know what kind of person you are. Are you the motivated person who starts everything on your own? Are you the one that needs someone to keep you accountable? Do you work well when pressured or pressed for time? You need to be able to answer that. Knowing your requirements to perform at your best is half the battle. Whatever your needs are, make the most of your time with these best practices Do’s and Don’ts.
– Learn where you do your best work. Go to your “quiet” place or place of inspiration. The lesser the distraction the place has, the better.
– Give yourself a short buffer in between your meetings and calls so you’re not rushing from one thing to the next. I always give at least 30 minutes to 1 hour space between my meetings, especially if it requires me to travel.
– Turn on DO NOT DISTURB feature on your phone. Put your phone away, put it on silent or if you’re expecting an important call, turn on notifications for phone calls ONLY. That Facebook notification of your friend replying to your post isn’t important right now.
– Check your to-do list by evaluating where your priorities are during parts of the day: mid morning, midday and mid afternoon.
– Conclude each day by making a list of tomorrow’s to-do priority listing. You’re going to save time knowing how to pick up where you’ve left off by doing so.
– Put first things first – Concentrate on the day’s top 3 biggest tasks first, where you’ll spend the most energy and concentration on. Use that daily 3 hour focus window for those tasks.
– Send rushed work or avoid sending it late night. Leave some time for yourself to look at it with a set of fresh eyes and mind to ensure you’ve given it your best effort.
– Wait until you start a project to make sure you have everything you need to make it happen. Equip yourself always with the best tools you need.
– Be unrealistic about how long it takes to accomplish something. Make sure you set aside enough time for each task, job or project.
– Skip meals or sleep. Know your body. Some people need to eat 3x a day and get 8 hours of sleep. I’m best when I have 1 big meal around 4-6 PM and just 1 small meal to start my day with 7 hours of sleep. (See my early morning routine blog)
– Spread meetings throughout your day. Divide your time into meeting time, work time and admin time for maximum productivity. Mixing it up or sandwiching work between 2 meetings is not ideal at all.
– Check your email or messages every hour. Instead check them in between tasks, meetings and definitely outside of focused time. Don’t let it distract you from your top 3 daily tasks, because if it does, it kills off your momentum.
Any other do’s and don’ts you want to suggest? Put them in the comments section below!