“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” –John C. Maxwell
Would you like to feel like you are getting more done in less time? Research from a survey by Microsoft found that working more than 40 hours a week decreases productivity, and people work on average 45
hours a week decreases productivity, and people work on average 45 hours per week with 17 of those hours as unproductive. When you are stressed, fatigued, and overwhelmed you are less effective. With the holidays upon us it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. The four steps below can help sustain a better work-life balance.
1. Plan for Tomorrow the Day Before Define your most important goals for the next day by doing a planning session. You can do this at the end of the workday or before bed. This will help you sleep better, enjoy your evening, and wake up focused on your priorities.
2. Manage Your Mood in the Morning Your mood in the morning can affect not only your productivity, but also your entire day. Happiness increases productivity and success. Start your day positive and you will be more calm and focused. Give yourself enough time in the morning to have a routine that doesn’t involve managing work (e.g., phone calls, emails). When you wake up reacting to everything that is being thrown at you, it is more difficult to focus on your priorities.
3. Creating Effective Systems An effective time management system will ultimately set you free. Without a time management system you will feel rushed, overwhelmed, and reactionary. Studies show 80% of individuals who earn six figures or more a year consistently utilize a time management system. Use a calendar and priority list daily and follow through with the activities.
4. Eliminate Distractions One way we procrastinate and avoid systems is through distractions. Focus is limiting the number of options you give yourself for procrastination. Distractions can equal up to three hours of wasted time each day. The average person gets one interruption every eight minutes. Identify, plan for, and then remove distractions. The best way to change a behavior is to change your environment. For example, if emails distract you while you are working on a project or making phone calls, step away from your computer or close your laptop.
Take action with these four steps and turn your systems into habits. Productive people have a routine and once these routines and systems become automatic they won’t be taxing on your mental or physical energy.
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