“There aren’t enough hours in a day” is a phrase we all know too well. Everyone knows that time is a precious commodity, so how do you make the most of it and ensure that you are not only being efficient but also allowing time to be creative and innovative?
Here are 10 tips shared by Business Analyst and Director of Spring Partnerships, Stephen Archer, on how to optimize your day, thus giving yourself a little time back:
- Checking your email constantly is one of the biggest time wasters in a day. Not only is it distracting but it makes you less productive as you often end up dropping what you are currently working on to respond to messages in your inbox. Designate specific times to check your email, so that you don’t lose focus. Archer suggest checking your emails just three times a day.
- Archer stresses working to the rule of “3”. Have no more than three things going on at a given time. This will enable your goals to be clearer, more defined and more realistic.
- Have a daily to-do list as well as a weekly list that lists what not-to-do. This will help you stay focused and in the moment, rather than getting side tracked.
- Learn to say no. This may sounds simple enough but believe me, it’s easier said than done.
- It’s safe to say that the majority of people think of themselves as perfectionists. While that is a good trait to have and it encourages one to remain challenged, in an effort to be more efficient, learn to accept excellence over perfection. By no means is this an invitation to slack off or become lazy, but perfection is often not attainable and it will be in everyone’s best interest to set realistic goals.
- Make sure you leave room on your calendar for yourself. Block out some time for creative planning and thinking. Not only will this break up your routine but it will also leave you feeling more productive and energised.
- Know your body and try not to schedule any projects or meetings that require tough thinking between 2 and 3pm. “It’s the body’s down time”, Archer explains. “Be healthy and walk and use the stairs wherever possible. Any cardiovascular exercise will boost productivity especially before the day begins. Drinks lots of water too as this can improve energy levels.”
- Give your brain a rest and read or listen to fiction. This will “rewire the creative lines in your head”.
- Archer stresses to be “mindfully individual”. Do things your way as much as possible – it will give you strength and confidence.
- Allow yourself to take an extra 5% of time to ensure you get things right the first time around.
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