We often find our workday spiraling out of control. We begin our day fresh off the boat, but soon find ourselves distracted or engrossed with low-priority tasks that do little to boost our productivity at work. However, once you have decided what you are striving for and feel confident with that decision, you are ready to move on to produce results.
One plan at a time
Life is burdening enough without adding too much to your plate at one time. Setting goals to move forward is awesome but don’t go setting multiple goals hoping to achieve them all. When we concentrate on more than one activity at a time, we lose a lot of time just transitioning between different tasks. Achieving multiple goals doesn’t make you more productive; most likely, it will make you a much more tired person. Pick one important goal and use it as your starting point; you have plenty of time to accomplish other goals later. The great thing about choosing just one goal at a time is that you can dedicate 100% of your efforts to it and nearly guarantee success, all while being more productive at work.
The list could go on and on but we want to show you some of the effects of overburdening yourself. Remember, you are not a superhero, and no one expects you to be, so take it a piece at a time. As the well-known saying goes: “How do you eat an elephant?”; “One bite at a time.”
Taking a time-out
With so many goals to accomplish and deadlines to be met, taking the time out for yourself might seem like an impossible thing to do. But this is precisely when you need to stop neglecting yourself or take a time-out to avoid elevating your stress levels. When the pressure seems to build and your stress level is to its boiling point, don’t give in to it; reduce it. Failure to do so will only result in burning you out. Stress has caused many people to steer away from accomplishing their goals; don’t let this happen to you.
Being productive and accomplishing your goals can be like driving a car; if you don’t stay focused, you could end up on the side of the road in a ditch. With the busy lives that most of us lead sometimes, it’s challenging to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel, and we just give up. But giving up will not produce results. As studies show, it will just contribute towards diminishing your productivity. You have already invested the time and effort, so stick with it.
Along the way, there will be distractions and the feeling of falling behind, but that is part of the greater things to come. Some days will produce more results than others; don’t focus on the bad days. Instead, look to the productive days for encouragement. You have chosen the goal to better your life, your career, your health, or your self-esteem; don’t let the work you’ve put in so far be a waste of time.
Baby Steps not Giant Leaps
Trying to be more productive at work and achieving all your goals is challenging and should be seen as such. You will take several steps to achieve that goal, and you should only worry about one at a time. Instead of trying to see the whole plan, keep your mind clearer by focusing on the current step you are in the process of. You cannot accomplish all the steps at one time, so there is no need to worry about them all at one time. You will land flat if you take giant leaps through the plan.
Being productive and the best version of oneself knows when to delegate. By effectively delegating tasks, you focus more on the things that may be assigned explicitly for you alone while assigning the simpler ones to your team members. According to a recently published article in the Wall Street Journal, you must learn to prioritize to boost your work efficiency. Being self-sufficient is a good attribute, but we all need a little support from time to time. When trying to achieve a goal, it is important to have people in your team equally productive as you, who support your efforts and want you to succeed.
Every day is a new day, and with every new day comes new hope and inspiration. Allow yourself to learn something new from each day and then implement these strategies to become even more productive at work.