Strategy for Your Work Day to Be Productive
Friday, 19 October 2018
Regardless of whether you are a high-profile business leader or a labor worker who is responsible for your own hours, it can be a struggle to adjust to productive daily work and shut down your computer at a reasonable hour. However, changing your work day may be as simple as changing just a little behavior.
- Get the right focus.We live in a world full of disturbances. Some of them were inflicted on us through notifications that appeared on our device. Others charge themselves, like when Jenny checked Facebook for the 53rd today, just in case the funny Labradoodle photos are like the others.In his book, Deep Work, Cal Newport shows that because of the technological disruptions that burden us, we spend most of our time doing "superficial work" - work that is not cognitively demanding. Because of the constant disruption, we forgot how to truly engage in "deep work" —that is, focused thinking where we made significant progress on our most impactful projects.What we need to do is focus focus. When we started a new training regime, we didn't start with a bench that hit 100 pounds in our first session. So when it comes to (re) building your focus muscles, get up slowly. When I began to retrain myself, I began by only doing 30 minutes of focused work where all notifications and distractions were transferred. And I just built it from there.
- Take frequent breaks, not a difficult one.If you are in a busy job and have worked long hours, you might be someone who can be easily consumed with your busy life and "forget" to rest. Or maybe you believe you don't have time to rest. Unfortunately, this puts us in a constant state of poor cognitive performance.One study showed that the most productive players worked well for 52 minutes and then rested for 17 minutes. Other studies have shown that in contrast to resting for 30 minutes, resting for five minutes every hour increases energy, sharpens focus, improves mood, and reduces fatigue in the afternoon more effectively.To help make this happen in my own working life, I have banned 60 minutes from my schedule. Instead, I made what was previously a 60-minute meeting as 50 minutes. This gives me time to walk fast and a few minutes to get ready for my next meeting or activity.
- Don't eat lunch at your table.Do you know 62 percent of Americans have lunch at their table? Even though I am not American, I am ashamed to admit that I must fall into this category of people. Of course I became more productive by eating and working at the same time. Multitasking, right?Wrong.Research has shown that the simple act of eating our lunch anywhere but at our table causes us to be better able to cope with stress at work and also gives us more energy for the afternoon. Renowned real estate companies have even gone so far to ban lunch in their offices.
- Stay on a sloping slopeThere is a good chance that when you have sat down to start or even continue to work on the project, you feel overwhelmed, do not know what to do first. Sometimes, it's hard to start.Even well-known writers are not immune to this problem. To find motivation and ideas in the morning. This allows an easy start the next day, because he can finish the sentence and keep going.Hemingway's technique is to write the equivalent of parking on a slightly downhill slope.This deceives our brain that is sometimes lazy to start creating, because it starts from an easy basis.
- End your day.It's easy to leave the office, just to go home and start working again. And even if you are not involved in this pattern, it is very easy to work and stressing from the day to linger in your mind far beyond 5pm.
- To help reduce stress and provide closure on your day, the author recommends developing mentally that closes your day.In particular, recommend spending two to three minutes writing down what you have achieved that day; Feeling progress has been shown in research to be the strongest motivator in the workplace. Then, take two to three minutes to plan the next day, which helps provide a sense of control, other great motivators, and mental closure.
If you have the remaining minutes left, thank someone, in the form of an e-mail or text message. Gratitude has been shown many times to be an effective lift mood.