The start of a new year is the perfect time to think about new projects and set goals for what you want to achieve in the year, but it's easy to get disorganised and procrastinate instead of using your time effectively. We've compiled a list of productivity tips to help you get on track with your work!
When you have lots on, it’s really important to write things down and then sort them in order of importance to help give you some structure to your day. It doesn’t really matter where you write your list. It could be on a pad of paper or within an online tool, but the key is to jot down your tasks! The advantage of using an online tool to do this is that the lists are really easy to update and order, avoiding lots of pieces of paper floating around your desk. A platform that we use at Dolia is Monday.com, which allows multiple list creating, easy ordering and various status and sharing options.
An example of one of my lists on Monday.com
The main benefit of creating lists and prioritising tasks is that you are able to manage your time more effectively, feeling more organised and less stressed. If you have a list of the top 5 things you need to do in a day, you won't get overwhelmed by a big to-do list!
Your “Frog” is your biggest task of the day and often the task that you ideally want to put-off until later or don’t really know where to start. Your Frog is the sort of task that you’ve been dreading starting but when it’s been completed, there will be a huge weight from your shoulders and the rest of your day will be much easier.
We all want to get as much done as possible in the day but realistically, there will only ever be so much that we can achieve in a day whilst, importantly, maintaining the quality of work that is required. Set yourself some realistic targets and make sure that clients know when they can expect things to be done. Don’t over-promise or set unrealistic targets as this will result in errors, more stress and unhappy clients if deadlines are missed.
We all probably think we can handle everything ourselves but it’s important to ask for help when needed. If you are lucky enough to work in a team, don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues for some help when needed. Even if it’s half an hour to check through an article you’ve written or to help review a design… getting a little help can really boost your productivity. Just remember to re-pay the favor!
They say that an hour before 9 is like 2 hours after… you’ll be surprised how much work you get done early in the morning, before the phone starts ringing and the emails flood in. Where possible, start a little earlier in the day and dedicate this time to get all your important tasks wrapped up for the day. When 9am comes, you’ll feel like you’re winning, and the day will go that bit smoother for you.
Even on the busiest days, it's important to take breaks to ensure that you are working your best. If you feel that you are getting tired and losing focus, you could take a short walk outside to get some fresh air, or even just walk around the office and grab a drink. If you work with computers, it's important to give your eyes a break from screens, so why not turn off your monitor in your lunch break? Once you've had time to recharge, you’ll return to your work refreshed, both mentally and physically, and ready to be productive.
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