How to Make the Most of Your Day
There’s never enough of it— not for the 25 million and one things we have to do! And that’s just before lunch on Monday. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. In survey after survey, nearly half of the respondents say they’re pressed for time. Fortunately there are all sorts of ways to get more done, and in less time than you think.
Write down your to-do list before you leave work. At that point, your mind is still focused on your work and the events of the day are still fresh. Write the list down and take it home with you. It allows you to start the next day more smoothly. You don’t need to worry about what you’re doing or how to go about it, because you’ve already thought it through. Now the focus can be on having a great day.
Take advantage of your natural biorhythms. Do you work best in the morning or late into the evening? Try to plan your day so you face your toughest challenges when you’re at your best. Also, avoid taking on the whole day in one long march. Periodic breaks will keep you refreshed and let you work that much more efficiently.
Focus on the present. The greatest limit of productivity is distraction. Be aware of the task at hand and the environment around you, and figure out ways to minimize anything that takes you away from the moment.
It may be the one resource that’s finite, but it doesn’t have to be your mortal enemy. Use these tips to get time back on your side.