Have you ever found yourself wishing there were more hours in a day? Unfortunately, time cannot be controlled by us but what we can control is our productivity. It is vital to know how we can maximize our time so that we can get more work done during the day.
There are various ways to ensure you’re maximizing your time such as meditating, waking up earlier and creating daily to-do lists.
If you want to get more work done during the workday, here are 12 ways guaranteed to help you.
Wake Up An Hour Earlier
It pays to be a morning person. There are countless studies that correlate waking up early to productivity and success. Set your alarm one hour earlier than using and stop hitting the snooze button again and again.
Waking up earlier will allow to get an extra hour of work done. Staying up an extra hour to work isn’t the same thing. You can cash in on the extra hour at the start of your workday, not at the end of it.
Before heading to the office, take a couple of minutes to breathe and meditate. Meditation clears and recharges your mind, preparing you for the challenges of the day.
Make A Daily To-Do List
Make a daily list of tasks to complete every day. Keep it simple and realistic. It must not be massive jobs that will take hours to finish. You need something to help you prioritize your to-do’s for the day and keep you on track.
I use the reminders app on my iPhone as well as the Trello app. You could also choose to use Wunderlist as your daily tasks app.
Complete Your Hardest Tasks First
It’s best to get done with your hardest tasks first, which will free up your day to complete the rest of your tasks. Not only are you going to feel better getting the worst task done, you’ll be more productive the rest of the day too.
Organize Your Inbox
Getting to work and seeing a mountain of 50 unread emails cluttering your inbox is unnerving. Keep your inbox as tidy as possible by deleting, archiving and replying to email. Don’t look at an email twice, take care of it the first time and move on to the next one
Consider using an app to declutter your like Inbox by Gmail.
Learn To Say No
People are going to pull you every which way, asking you to pick up their dry cleaning or take on an additional task at work. But even though that two letter word can be hard to say sometimes, you need to learn that it’s okay to say no.
Clear The Clutter Off Your Desk
Create a clean workspace in order to help you avoid distractions. Clear off your desk, it’ll allow you to better focus on your work.
Get Off Social Media
Social media is one big distraction after another. You probably stare at a screen all day at work so it’s probably not a good idea to use your eyesight even more to look at social media.
Do One Thing At A Time
Don’t be the master of multitasking. You’ll end up doing a lot of things – badly. Even though you think you can do two things at once, you can’t. Your brain can only do one thing at a time, and switching back and forth between tasks affects your productivity.
Get An Adequate Amount Of Sleep
The average adult requires seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Are you getting enough sleep? If not, your productivity will suffer.
You might think headphones are a distraction, but au contraire, when people see you with headphones on, they are less likely to bother you. Whether you choose to listen to music while you work is up to you.
Make Quick Decisions
One of the most time consuming tasks you’ll find during your day is making decisions. Certain decisions require you to think for a while, but think about this for a second: Is a decision you reach in the first minute the same that you’d reach in 15 minutes? Probably. So don’t overthink it and accelerate your decision making.