Here at Companyons, productivity’s on our mind. Here’s our manifesto to a productive life: 8 simple steps that take you from serial procrastination to serious completion.
It’s a common habit to wear sleep deprivation as a badge of honor. A fresh start to the day equips you with the tools necessary to not just get by, but also get on with a challenging day.
To do truly great things, you need a plan of action. Even if strict process is not your cup of tea, a basic framework of the challenges that lie in your day gives you the vision and mindset to solve.
The biggest decision you’ll make in your day is to pick what you work on, and more importantly, what you don’t work on. There may be a million things that need resolution: choose 2-3 that matter, and do them right.
Now that you’re well-rested, planned and shortlisted critical tasks for the day, delegate and share the effort with your co-workers. Find the best synergy of tasks and owners, so you can focus on what you do best.
It might sound tempting to work non-stop through the day. The reality is far from the truth: taking a 15 minute break allows you to step away from the minutiae and look at the big picture. It‘s also good for your health.
Nothing gets you productive like a little competition. And sometimes, the best competition is yourself: the simple act of tracking time on a task encourages you to stay focused. It also allows you to estimate work better.
As the day’s about to wind down, make sure you take a look back. A good day of work pushes you to keep a streak of productivity going, and also allows you to objectively track issues that will need resolution the next day.
Enjoy your time-off. Keep your mind away from work, and stimulate yourself with a hobby or side-project. Often, joy or pleasure in one part of work or life inform the other, leading to a more productive, happier you.
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