In these challenging times it’s becoming increasingly important to be as productive as possible in your job. By proving yourself as someone that gets things done you will increase your level of job security, which is certainly a valuable commodity in any market. But what else can you do if you’re putting all the usual time-management tips in place and still aren’t getting the results you want?
In my recent article ‘How To Take Control Of Your Time’ I gave you 5 simple steps to help you get more done in your day, but sometimes there are bigger holes to plug when it comes to time mastery. Based on personal experience, not to mention countless hours helping clients be more effective and efficient, here are my top 3 productivity killers and how you can avoid them:-
Everyone’s done this at some point or another as it’s human nature to try and avoid the things that are going to cause us stress. However putting the hard stuff off generally leads to procrastination, and as the deadline looms you’ll find that putting the task off has inadvertently increased the level of pressure you have to deal with (let’s face it, the tough tasks rarely go away!). To create more time to deal with this pressure you might find yourself putting another task or project on hold so that you can deal with the first one, and as this vicious cycle unfolds you end up in a downward spiral of inefficiency!
As difficult or unpleasant as the task may seem, getting started is your key to success so it’s critical to grab the bull by the horns and get moving immediately. Schedule some time in your diary to get started and give that time the same respect you would a client meeting or picking up your kids from school. Break the task down into manageable chunks so that you don’t get overwhelmed, and systematically work through each chunk to create a sense of momentum. This in turn will help increase your level of motivation and before you know it the task will be done.
We all know that it’s important to eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep, but what’s this got to do with time mastery? Well shabby health habits can have a very detrimental impact on your level of productivity. If you don’t look after yourself your brain can’t function properly and if you’re feeling tired, run-down, cranky and unfocussed you can’t work at your optimal level which means your ability to perform well in your job is compromised.
Whilst you might feel that finding time to exercise will add even more weight to you already-overloaded schedule, it’s important to remember that taking good care of yourself will help increase your energy levels, which in turn will help increase your focus and stamina. These are all great ingredients to aid maximum productivity!
Unresolved issues can be a huge drain on your time and energy, not to mention aiding killer #1 by increasing your level of distraction. If you have an emotional issue that you’ve ‘left open’ it’s important to work through the problem and find the best way to resolve it as a matter of urgency.
If you’re annoyed with someone in your office, if you feel like a friend has betrayed you, of if you’re frustrated in your current relationship – whatever the challenge is – recognise and deal with the emotions you’re feeling so that you can create a more balanced life. This in turn will help your focus and resilience to be more productive.
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