It’s easy to fall into a daily routine that zaps the ambition and energy out of you as you go through each workday. If you feel fatigued, or if your mind wanders too often, it may be time to re-evaluate how you go about your days. Revamping your activities and looking for ways to reinvigorate your mind can help you get out of that rut.
Organize Your Day
If you’re not already using time blocks, setting up a schedule can help you get more done in less time. You may even free up some time that will provide you with an opportunity to relax, so you won’t feel as stuck in that rut. Typically, people are more productive in the early morning hours, so this is the time to tackle your bigger projects. By getting these tasks out of the way first, you’ll have the late afternoon hours to answer messages and return phone calls.
Studies have shown that multitasking actually decreases productivity, because it takes extra minutes to get back into the groove when you switch from one task to the next. Instead, it’s better to tackle one task first and complete it before moving onto something else. You’ll find that you can get things done faster in this way, and you’ll notice a boost in the quality of your work. This can help improve your overall morale, so you’ll feel better about your job.
People don’t realize just how many distractions surround them in the workplace and this leads to decreased productivity. When you have dozens of distractions interrupting you, it can take three times longer to complete a task you should have completed within just a few minutes. Before you begin a task, set your phone to silent, close any tabs that are open to your email account on your computer, and look for ways to minimize other interruptions. Once you complete the task, you can check your messages and phone.
By getting more done in a shorter amount of time, you’ll create a more flexible schedule for yourself. This can help you feel freer in your day to day obligations, and your job won’t seem like such a drain on your energy. As you make positive changes in your workday, you’ll feel happier and more ambitious about pursuing your career.