January 30, 2017
“Since your outcomes are all a result of your moment-to-moment choices, you have incredible power to change your life by changing those choices. Step by step, day by day, your choices will shape your actions until they become habits, where practice makes them permanent.”
- Darren Hardy
Between meetings, daily tasks, continued professional development, and the fires which always pop up at inopportune moments that need to be put out, it can be difficult to manage your day at work. So what’s the best way to make sure you not only get the tasks accomplished that are assigned to you, but also get ahead in your career?
Start a morning routine.
Once you get in your car or the train to go to work you no longer have control of your day. Before you leave the house though you have control over what does and doesn’t happen. Make time every morning to do something which fills your soul. Write, paint, meditate, go for a run—whatever it is do something every morning that brings a sense of peace to you. It’s all about creating consistency and serenity.
Take care of your biggest projects first.
Once you get to work take care your highest priorities first. If you wait until later in the day something will inevitably pop up to take it’s place. The things which are of utmost importance should be done first. It sounds simple, but honestly most of your coworkers get distracted with things that appear productive like answering emails. Be smarter than the people who work beside you and start your day off doing what’s most valuable.
Focus for short concentrated bursts.
Your mental capacity to focus is a finite resource. We firmly believe in the Pomodoro Technique. The basic premise is short spurts of focusing on 1 task (typically 25 minute sessions). After the short focused sessions it’s then necessary to have a break, typically a 5 minute break. The idea behind the technique is quite simple. You can get an incredible amount done within short bursts of intense focused energy.
Tune out distractions.
Most companies block ‘time wasting sites’ from your browser already. However, not all distractions come through your computer screen. Your phone may light up, a coworker will stop by to chat for a bit about what happened last night, or maybe you’ll just find a way to get to Facebook through your computer. Every time you break focus you are forced to regain it. Which takes an incredible amount of effort. The more distracted you are the more difficult it will be to get the things done you need to.
If you place parameters and expectations for yourself around your workday you’ll be more efficient, productive, and foster the highly coveted career success everyone desires. If you follow the advice laid out in this blog you’ll find yourself getting more done faster than you ever did before. Not to mention, your coworkers will wonder how it is you're able to achieve so much more than they do.
Create a morning routine and follow it religiously. Give your highest priority tasks your best energy and focus by tackling them first. Utilize intense bursts of short focus periods followed by even shorter rest periods. And leave the distractions at the door, because your career is too important for them. Welcome to a whole new way to manage your day at work.