By Russell Cheah
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
A quote by international bestselling sci-fi author, Stephen King that makes us ponder upon our attitude towards work and how productive and efficient we are at it.
But a new year is a great time to start fresh.
2015 should be a year where we re-examine the way we get things done. If we want to be more productive this year, we can’t just be more productive on a whim.
Therefore, here are some advice for you to consider how to make 2015 your most productive year ever.
- Plan a plan
Having a plan allows you to organize and sort things out quickly and efficiently. It also helps you focus on your priorities such paying more attention to your given task at work.
Create a list, and no this doesn’t mean a list full of things that are unrealistic or near unachievable goals. Write a list of things that you can achieve both in the short and the long run, whether it may be afflicted with work, or personal and family oriented, it is completely up to you!
Creating your own routine at work will also greatly increase your efficiency and productivity at work. A great start would be to check your work email every now and then, it’ll help you not miss any important emails which may contain important notices etc.
- Don’t multitask
Sounds counterintuitive, right? Often we think that by multitasking means we are being more productive. This is in fact, wrong. Nothing gets in your head and you’re more likely to forget things. Multi-tasking also makes you less focused and tends to lower your performance as you have to keep alternating between different tasks.
It is better to focus on one thing at a time than to handle 3 things or more at once. Remember, you won’t be able to do things well if you’re jumping between tasks as it will eventually affect the quality of your work.
- Turn off personal distractions
Phones and other gadgets tend to distract you from your work and will leave you unfocused from your task.
It is best if you were to turn your phone off during working hours and only turn them on during breaks or only for emergency purposes. By doing so will allow you to focus on your task and allows you to get your job done quickly and efficiently.
- Take a break
We’re not machines, each of us needs a little break. It may seem irrelevant to have a break when you can just place a cup of coffee right next to you and continue working till you’re done but no, this could be hazardous to your health, body and mind.
Quoting a professor from St. Thomas’s Hospital in London, when sitting for 90 minutes or more, the blood flow behind your knees decreases by 50 percent.
Sitting for long stretches of time has also been linked to shortened life expectancies and other health-related problems. So get up, grab some food or head for a walk outside and start getting your blood flowing again!
- Tidy your workplace
Mess creates stress. Be sure to clear out unwanted junk around your workplace or even your email. Take your time to sort out excess files and folders, organize folders and files and arrange them according to your liking.
A good example is to centralize all important files, papers, and documents into one easily accessible source, and always create a backup of your folders just in case something goes awry.
A clean workplace allows you to be more focused and get things done faster. No one wants to live in a messy and unorganized workplace right?
- Think differently
A productive individual should think differently than others. A productive person shouldn’t dwell on a problem and be stuck in it for all eternity. But should instead work towards a solution in dealing with the current problem at hand.
A productive individual should never say ‘This is too much work for me, how am i going to handle all of this?’ but should instead say ‘I believe there are more efficient ways in splitting my workload so that i can finish it in time.’
Words can either empower you or bring you down. The words you use, ‘your self talk,’ is pivotal to everything in life, because you always act on them, whether they support you or not.