Morning Exercise – Because just exercising anytime isn’t enough! It is important to take out at least 20 minutes for workout, every morning. This creates a strong base and keeps you high on energy, throughout the day. A morning workout routine is like fueling your muscles for the whole day, making you uber-productive and efficient. Research also says that it makes your brains work faster, during crisis and otherwise, so you can take better and quick decisions. We say, do not wait for a crisis situation to test this one out, start with an easy morning routine, slowly moving to rigorous ones and feel the difference for yourself.
Stay Hydrated – We all love our caffeine and amidst the pile of coffee/tea cups that we finish through the day, it is difficult to look at its adversities. Coffee is great for waking us up and giving us the energy to start the day, but that energy is an illusion and on the contrary, coffee decreases your productivity. It fuels your insomnia, raises your blood pressure and also makes you slack off. It does seem like coffee keeps you going and makes you work harder but it instead slows your system. Try cutting on caffeine and drink only water at work for a week and thank us later.
Learn to say No – Understand that it is absolutely okay to say no to things that do not fall under your designated work. We do not say do not work as a team or lend a hand, but do not always fill up for others when you have your plate full. Yet, do not take your helping habit too far. If you are a people pleaser and struggle with saying no, then read The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher.
Mark Deadlines – Giving deadlines to yourself is one of the best ways to stay organized. A task without a deadline is likely to frustrate you after all. Also, chances are that you might only end up in panic. If your boss gives you a deadline for Friday, you may want to get the work done on Thursday instead, so that you have time to review it.
Task Management Tool – Yes, keeping a to-do list is vital in successfully managing your work time. It is highly effective to use a dedicated task management tool to have your tasks for the day, on your screen. You could any of the many digital tools available. (e.g. Remember the Milk, Microsoft Outlook or Nozbe).
Two Minute Rule – A pretty old hack says, any task that takes less than two minutes to be completed must be done right now! Yes, do not keep short tasks for later, rather get them done with ASAP and you’ll only end up motivated for the bigger tasks at hand. This 2–Minute Rule overcomes procrastination and laziness by making it so easy to start taking action that you can’t say no.
Take Quick Breaks – Sitting in a chair at your desk all day definitely is bad for your health. To maintain your health and focus – key inputs for good time management – take breaks of 5-10 minutes every hour to walk around. Also, simply walking to the water cooler to get a glass of water and stretching for a few minutes will do wonders for your body.
As they say, every positive thing takes its own time to happen. Similarly, these hacks won’t work in a day too. Try these for atleast 2 weeks straight and let us know your experience in the comments below.
Until Next Time!!