In today’s world filled with crazy distractions, people are searching non-stop for ways to achieve better productivity. To increase your productivity, become more successful, and achieve your professional goals, these scientifically proven tips will show you exactly how to do so.
- PLAN YOUR WEEK AND YOUR DAY IN ADVANCE
If you’re like many people, you may not understand how important planning your work is and you’re content to work in a rush constantly responding to requests and emergencies from your supervisors and colleagues. Doing this makes it complicated to have good organization and efficiency at work. This also leads to increased stress levels and can have negative consequences on your health and well-being.
Field experience shows that people who plan their week and workday in advance perform better, are happier, and are less stressed.
This is because planning work activities in advance allows you to start working right away and to avoid wasting time deciding which activities are the most important. This way, you accomplish more in less time, you are more satisfied, and you feel better.
To make this advice operational, do this at the start of the week:
- Start the next week by measuring how much time you waste each day deciding where to start your job.
- Calculate the overall time you lost at the end of that week. To finish, multiply this number of days worked in a month and then in a year.
- Now write down that number which represents all the time you waste each year because of your decision not to plan your job in advance.
How do you feel about this? Are you comfortable with this or do you want to change things?
You can plan your week ahead over the weekend and your day ahead in the evening after work or in the evening after you get home.
- SET GOALS THAT ALLOW YOU TO GROW PROFESSIONALLY
Hundreds of studies show the positive impact of setting goals on professional effectiveness. Goal setting is a well-documented technique for improving the level of individual performance. In keeping with the importance of setting goals to improve individual performance, I suggest that you implement this advice by proceeding as follows:
- First, think about what you can do to achieve your set goals in a shorter time. This is essential to save time and allocate it to your personal and professional development goals.
- Second, identify the actions, people, and resources that will help you achieve your personal goals at work.
- Then, plan on a weekly and daily basis the actions you need to take to meet your professional needs.
- Finally, reduce as much as possible, the time you allocate to constraint objectives and focus your work time as best as possible on the actions that will allow you to meet your needs and motivations.
Doing this will allow you to effectively progress towards your goals. Over time, you will likely need to revise your strategy to suit the needs of your job and work environment.
- EVALUATE YOURSELF POSITIVELY
How do you communicate with yourself during your working day? Do you evaluate yourself objectively or on the contrary do you tend to be too critical of yourself?
Know that evaluating yourself in a positive way has a direct impact on self-esteem and on job performance. Evaluating Oneself In A Positive Way predicts goal setting, motivation, performance, personal and work satisfaction, professional ambition and other desirable outcomes.
Evaluating yourself in a positive way is similar to being kind to yourself. Doing this requires that you stop criticizing yourself all the time when you fail to be organized at work and forgive yourself when you are not as efficient enough as you would like.
Here are a few ways to implement these tips in your professional life:
- Take a few moments to write a list of everything you already do well in your job.
- Then, congratulate yourself for all of the professional results you have already achieved through your current skills.
- Mentally relive one of his accomplishments until you feel the positive emotion that this event brought to you.
- Raise this emotion to the maximum then create a mental association between this emotion and a gesture of your choice.
You will have created a mental anchor that you can use at any time to feel an optimal mental state. Doing this will allow you to become more benevolent towards yourself but also towards your colleagues and it will have an impact on your well-being at work.
- INCREASE YOUR INFLUENCE WITHIN YOUR PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Becoming organized and successful at work doesn’t just depend alone on your organizational skills. Your professional success also depends on your ability to interact effectively with your colleagues and supervisors. An individual’s level of importance in his professional circle plays an essential role in his performance at work.
This means that to become more organized and efficient at work you need to increase your influence within your professional network.
To get there, you can:
- First, be aware of the influence you now have on your professional environment by rating yourself from 1 to 10.
- Then, think about the needs of your workplace and what you can do to meet those needs.
- Then define a strategy to start helping your colleagues solve their problems to increase your contribution within your professional network.
- Then, program the actions you are going to take to positively influence your work environment.
- Finally, respect your commitments and take action to develop your leadership and influence within your professional sphere.
Doing so will allow you to develop your influence by becoming a benchmark for all your colleagues and therefore benefit from greater support in achieving your own goals.
- GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Becoming organized is important but keeping this organization alive on a daily basis while pursuing your professional goals requires having good amounts of physical and mental energy.
Sleep is one of the most important factors in having this energy available, feeling good and being efficient at work. A lack of sleep, like poor quality sleep, has a negative impact on professional efficiency. A lack of sleep also has a negative effect on your health and well-being.
A good way to find out if you’re sleeping well is to track your sleeping schedule.
- In a notebook, write down each morning how many hours you slept the night before. Do this for two weeks.
- Every morning notice how you feel in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
- Assign zero if you are not tired, 3 if you are tired in the morning, 2 if you are tired in the afternoon, and 1 if you are tired in the evening. If, for example, you are tired in the afternoon and evening, you will score 3 points for that day.
- Then notice the link between your fatigue score and hours of sleep. The higher your score, the more you will need to change your habits to get more and better sleep.
By doing it this way, you will be able to make the necessary corrections to have enough energy to be more organized at work, to perform better and to feel good at work.
- DEVELOP YOUR CREATIVITY
What has always worked for years may no longer be effective overnight. Solving new professional challenges requires using and developing your creativity. Being creative can also help you become more organized and efficient at work.
Identify the major problem you are having in your job. This may be a problem that you have been unable to resolve for a long time. Write a list of the actions you have taken so far to try to resolve it.
Take the necessary time to write a list of actions to take to resolve this problem. Don’t judge this list. Include any answers, especially unusual or outlandish ones. Keep writing without stopping for at least 10 minutes. Then start testing these ideas in your work. Optionally, you can combine this list with:
- past actions that have given you some results
- research concerning other people who have already overcome a problem close to yours
- exchanges with colleagues who have more experience than you in your problem
You can also visualize this problem as already solved at work and experiment with your list of solutions with your imagination to see how it can adapt to your work reality before taking action.
In the concluding part, you will learn six more tips for firing up your productivity at work. Stay tuned.