“Productivity is less about what you do with your time and more about what you do with you mind!”
At the time of writing this article it’s April 2023!
We’re one quarter down and three to go in 2023. This is a great time for reflection, making improvements and excitement about the rest of the year ahead.
Many of us want to become more effective and productive, it’s an area I’ve had to focus on myself in the past. With the modern age we have more distractions than ever before, we are almost constantly having to react to something, if we’re not in control.
I developed a series of half day and full day productivity workshops and coaching sessions and have tremendous success with business teams for clients of mine.
Here I share the Top 5 tips for Accelerating Productivity.
No 1 – Create a positive daily routine to start your day!
The routine should focus on generating positive energy and motivation right at the start of your day. If you can get yourself moving, feeling motivated, positive and energised at the start of each day, you have already created your own pole position – you’re ahead before you’ve begun!
No 2 – Get yourself into the right frame of mind!
Once your energy is flowing, now it’s time to direct your focus and your mindset. You can simply start by asking yourself a series of empowering and positive questions, i.e. What am I most grateful for in my life right now? What am I most excited about right now? How am I going to make the biggest impact today? By focusing your mind on positive outcomes right at the start of your day you set yourself up to be as effective as possible.
No 3 – Manage your energy throughout the day!
Maintaining positive momentum throughout the day, is all about managing your energy and your focus, the two are linked. Once you take note of your energy levels throughout the day and focus on keeping them high, it transforms your productivity (and performance). It’s as simple as; taking frequent short breaks, walking on your lunch break, limiting the time for each task, noticing when you feel low and recharging. Once you become aware and put measures in place, they are incredibly effective.
No 4 – Prioritise your tasks at the start of each day!
Before you make a start on your day, check your diary and your task list. Spend 10 minutes reviewing, assessing and prioritising the list. Understand the difference between what’s important and what isn’t! Number the tasks in order. Then work through them one by one in order of importance. What you’ll find by taking this approach is that even if you don’t complete your list, because you’ve worked on the most important tasks, you feel (and you are) much more productive – you’re doing what really matters!
No 5 – Eliminate Distractions in advance!
Maybe this should be Number 1! Before you start on any of your important tasks make sure you pro-actively manage any potential distractions. Turn off any alerts, set your voicemail, shut down email, close any web-pages and tell colleagues you’re not to be disturbed for an hour or so. Just this approach to managing distractions can double your productivity!
I wish you every success in implementing these into your working life, with focus and persistence they will transform your performance!
“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today!”
There are many additional ways to increase productivity and if you’d like to know more, then please feel free to contact me.
Justin Leigh is the founder and Managing Director of Focus4growth Ltd. He is an accredited Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor. He works with Senior Leaders and Business Owners to develop High Performance fast growth organisations. His passion is helping people to become the best they can be. He has worked for large corporations for over 20 years and is experienced in Leadership, Business, Sales & Marketing.
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