Summer is well and truly here. The bright sunshine, the chirping birds and the light breeze are all the perfect ingredients for a fun day out. It can be hard to think about work or more pressing matters when the outdoors beckon you to enjoy and take it easy. If you or anyone you know has trouble being productive not only in summer but throughout the year then here are some simple tips to help you get more work done.
• Identify your key distractions: Everyone has certain things that distract and divert them from what they should really be doing? Do you have noisy co-workers? Do you tend to browse the internet a lot when you should be completing that assignment? Are you a stay at home mum with young kids? Identifying what distracts you can be key to setting you on the right path.
• Make most of the day: Do your most important tasks before lunchtime. If you have paperwork piling, tackle them slowly, avoiding unnecessary chatting at work. Mum with young kids? Try to wake up a little earlier and get your laundry folded or lunch made so you can spend time with kids later.
• Avoid Multitasking: Multitasking can be great to get many things done at the same time but this is not an efficient way to complete your work. When you choose to multitask, your focus is divided between different jobs and you take longer to complete each one which can often increase your stress.
• Don’t get overwhelmed: Most people are rather hard on themselves and plan to accomplish a lot more than they can handle. Whilst its good to be ambitious, its not good to burn yourself out. Try to have a realistic list of things to do and plan your time accordingly. You could choose to do the harder tasks first to get them out of the way leaving you with easy jobs to do throughout the rest of the day.
• Cultivate new habits: Being productive is an art. It can take a long time to practice so start small and form some new habits. Identify how you spend time and figure out where you spend time doing nothing useful. Try to have a regular schedule for everything such as eating, sleeping, working out so your mind is programmed well. When it comes to work, have a list and work through it. This will help you stay on track and avoid distractions.