VARIOUS WAYS TO BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE IN LESSER TIME
“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Quote by Nathan W. Morris, author, and finance expert.
Everybody is in a rush to be more productive, and pack in more within 24 hours, despite having a plethora of time saving tools, techniques, and devices. Yet everyone is in a mad rush as pressures of work and holding onto a job takes their toll. Buzzing like a bee and flitting like a bird or say a “headless chicken” without a concrete plan on how to make each day count is unproductive. In this blog, we have put together some suggestions on how you can be as productive as you want to be in the less time you have on a daily basis. Shall we read about it?
Align productivity as per your body clock. Every one of us has a “body clock” also known as a chronotype. It refers to our body’s wake – sleep cycle. We all have our unique chronotypes. They lead to highs and lows of energy we all experience each day. Some people sleep more, some less. Some fall asleep anytime, anywhere, some don’t. Some are morning people; some are night birds. In order to gain max from each day, know your “body clock” and work around it. Take up tasks and assignments which require the most concentration & brain usage around the ‘peak hours’.
Plan your day for the previous evening. Instead of running helter – skelter with stress and pressures, ease the pressure by doing some of the related tasks / chores the previous evening or night such as ironing or laying out the clothes the night before. Planning is the key to a productive day. Make lists and try to use them to make your day as good as you wish it to be.
Make your personalised rituals around specific types of work. Note the main categories of work that you do, and begin crafting certain rituals around them which enable you to do them in a more effective way. The rituals could mean doing certain assignments / tasks in a particular place, time, or method. Follow these crafted rituals for some days to make them a part of your daily routine. It takes time and effort but once a part of daily routine. For example, video calls in a quiet part of the house or emails in your garden.
“Don't take on more than you can chew on your plate”. This mantra applies to all of us. For various reasons, we take on more every day professionally and personally, leading to running like crazy, short fuses, and being thrown off – guard if surprise / unexpected tasks happen. A chock- block calendar may make you feel very productive, but it can counterproductive. It’s ideal to have a chunk of free time for one to relax, handle surprises, meditate / think or simply do nothing. Productive people always keep a block of time free in the day daily to do stuff.