Whether it’s writing daily lists or digitising your communication, everyone has their own way of being more productive. But sometimes in the midst of a busy period at work or a stressful time at home, the techniques and tools we use to help organise our lives can be easily forgotten.
With this in mind, I thought I would take five minutes to sit back and think about all the little things that help me not only feel more productive but have kept me sane during the busiest of times. Below are my go-to tips and tricks!
We recently implemented a flexible working scheme at Neo PR and I can honestly say it has revolutionised my working pattern. I have opted most days for an early start of around 8 am and that extra hour in the morning, when it is quiet before my inbox starts pinging, has made all the difference. I feel far more productive knowing I can get to my desk, clear my inbox, prioritise my list for the day and start to think about getting a head start before everyone piles into the office.
I am still very much a fan of the paper lists. Although I have completely digitised the rest of my life, I still find an old-fashioned list really helpful. I recently invested in a Hello Day Planner and it allows me to separate my day into AM, PM and Evening. It also gives you a little motivational quote each day and helps you track your water intake, exercise, smaller life goals and prioritise. It all sounds a bit fluffy, I know, but there is something about having all your goals and reminders in one place that helps with overall productivity.
Technology has taken over all of our lives and most of our phones and desktops will be littered with apps. And although they may not all be useful there are a couple that I just couldn’t live without:
It’s proven that taking a regular break makes you more productive as an employee, so why does everyone feel so bad about taking one? Taking a quick walk around the block, making a cup of tea, or stepping away from your desk to do something else once an hour will actually make you more productive in the long run (and keep you sane!).
And if all else fails, my favourite motto is “Is anyone going to die?” If you get too stressed and try to cram too much into your day, then you won’t actually do anything very well. Sometimes it’s just better to walk away, switch off and come back to it tomorrow.
What do you do to stay productive every day? Tweet us your tips @NeoPRltd