Everyone wants to make their work day more effective. When you can get through projects efficiently, the day speeds by. Plus, you have the added benefit of feeling proud of your work, which will just spur you on to get more done. Eventually, you’ll have a work history that looks almost as great asEhsanollah Bayat’s resume! While there are specifics for each job and industry, there are a few universal tips that pretty much everyone can benefit from.
To start, make sure you get between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. Without getting a good night’s sleep, it’s difficult to be focused, efficient, and healthy throughout the day. Then, aim to workout every day before your work day starts. Why? Your work performance will improve and you’ll have your workout over and done with. Throughout the day, take small breaks to refresh and refocus. Ideally, you should work for 52 minutes and then take a 17-minute break.
At the start of the day, choose one big tasks to accomplish. Get your hardest project completed first thing. The rest of your day will be easier to handle, not only because the work will be easier, but also because that big project is finally off your mind. At the end of your day, make sure to jot down your wins. This helps you end on a strong note, encouraging the confidence to go at it again tomorrow.
Here are a few more tips for making the most of your day:
1. Wake up early, around 6:30 a.m., but don’t check your e-mail just yet. The rest of the world isn’t working yet, so there’s no need to stress out about an e-mail first thing in the morning. If necessary, keep your smartphone in another room. This will discourage you from looking at your e-mail the second you open your eyes.
2. Within half an hour of waking, eat a healthy, balanced breakfast, that includes lean protein.
3. When you sit down at your desk around 9 a.m., set your schedule for the day. If you’re on-the-go during the day, keep your schedule in an app that will sync to your devices, like Evernote.
4. Around 11 a.m., munch on a snack that’s high in protein. This will help keep your energy up until you’re ready to break for lunch.
5. During your noon lunch break, head outside if the weather’s nice. After lunch, squeeze in a bit of exercise, if possible.
6. Meditate for five or ten minutes around 2 p.m. If you need to drown out the noise, download an app that has white noise options and put on your headphones.
7. At 3 p.m., do a quick desk yoga session. Or, if possible, go for a quick, five-minute walk.
8. If you’re in charge of your schedule, 4:15 p.m. is a great time to take a power nap.
9. Make sure to leave work by 6 p.m. at the latest. You need the evening to get other things accomplished and to wind down so that you’re ready for the next day.
10. Aim to get into bed by 11 p.m. Beforehand, follow a routine that will help you relax and be readied for bedtime.
Still have time to squeeze in more habits? Make time to generate ideas. You’ll stand out from those employees who simply go through the motions. Plus, you may come up with some new and creative ways of handling your workload. Also, if your day is going smoothly, come up with a problem solving strategy for recurring requests. If you find yourself regularly bogged down by the same tasks, find a new way to handle them.