What is your routine? From the moment you get up to the moment you go to bed how many of those minutes or hours are you truly productive?
You might think spending 8 hours at work equates to 8 hours of productivity but according to new research (https://www.vouchercloud.com/resources/office-worker-productivity) the average UK office worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes per day – making the majority of your working day wasted time.
So how do people spend their time at work?
According to the research previously mentioned a large percentage of people said they spent most of their time checking social media, reading news sites, chatting, making beverages and personal calls.
How can you make yourself more productive?
The first step towards making yourself more productive is realising and admitting you are not currently a particularly productive person – but it doesn’t mean changes can’t be made – so decide; do you want to be more productive? – successful? – satisfied? – fulfilled?
You must also avoid copying someone else in their routine – what works for someone else might not work for you. In order to become more productive, you need to establish when and where you work best. For most this will be in the morning but there will be people who work best in the evening. Everybody is individual and adjusting your schedule to coincide with the hours you are most productive will increase your overall productivity considerably.
The secret is to work with your body and brain – not against it!
Plan your day
Once you’ve established when your most productive it’s time to utilise it and plan what you’re going to do in that time. Always plan the day before and give yourself a list of things you must do the following day. It’s encouraging to know what you need to do so you don’t get easily distracted – if you don’t do what’s on your to do list, you’ll only disappoint yourself.
If you still struggle what to prioritise, read up on this time management quadrant https://sidsavara.com/coveys-time-management-matrix-illustrated/
Focus on energy and not time
Being productive is all about the energy you put in – not the time you spend doing it. You can accomplish more in a short space of time with full energy and commitment than you can spending hours on one thing and getting nothing done. It’s all about managing your productivity and the effort you put into it.
When you’re not focused on time you will also know when you need a break and not time yourself until your next break if due.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest people work better by taking regular breaks – preventing creative block, exhaustion and stress. When you break you recharge your ability to be productive so it’s a lot more important that you might think.
To conclude the best way to make the most of your time is to plan, organise and get to know yourself.
Taking control of your time is taking control of your life – there is no better investment than in yourself!