Do you ever feel that there are not enough hours in the day to complete what you wanted? How about feeling stressed at what seems like a mountain of work you need to finish by a certain deadline? While you can’t avoid stress entirely, here are 3 simple, yet effective, ways at maximizing your productivity and lightening the burden of your everyday workload:
- Limit Distractions. You can’t avoid every distraction at the workplace because things come up that require your attention. However, it is possible to limit distractions so you can get the job done efficiently. Try turning your phone on silent or turning off email notifications for a couple hours. There are a lot of things vying for your attention so removing those interruptions will help you focus on the task at hand.
- Focus on realistic goals. At the start of each day, most of us think about everything we need to get done in the short and long term, which can result in unnecessary stress and hurt our productivity. Instead, figure out what is the highest priority for that day and work on getting it completed. Don’t let the thought of other tasks distract you away from your priority because those can wait. If you finish, move on to the next priority and at the end of the day you’ll feel much more accomplished than if you jumped around different projects.
- Take breaks. While it may seem counterproductive, taking small breaks every hour will actually increase your output for the day. Take a stroll around the office or grab something to drink. Anything that gets you up from your desk and moving will help recharge your mind and body for what you need to tackle next.
Small changes to your daily routine can have a significant impact on what you can accomplish and your overall attitude throughout the day. Find what works best for you and your daily stress will turn into your daily accomplishments.
Andrew R. Gill, CPA