4 Ways To Be More Productive at Work
It’s months after the new year and your motivation is starting to resolve. How do you keep going and keep pushing to hit that next income goal or promotion? The only one who can make any difference is you and with these productivity secrets, you’ll be inspired to reach your goals once again.
If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer, your entire income depends on you getting out there and working it. While totally empowering, it can also feel overwhelming, especially when your productivity is majorly lagging. Review these tried and true productivity tools every time your motivation starts to lag and you’ll be able to stay on track.
How could you possibly feel motivated when you’ve got a stack of papers, bills, and notes on your desk? It’s like staring at a mountain with no idea where to take the first step. If you want to get back into hustle mode, you need to declutter and prioritize.
Got pretty folders? These little things are an office necessity. Designs that go perfectly with your decor are a bonus. Pick up a set of folders and start sorting out all the stuff that’s piled on top and inside your desk. Soon you’ll start to see a pattern of financial stuff, project stuff, goal stuff, etc. Name your folders according to these patterns and you’ll be able to find things so much faster!
For those action item reminders taking up space on your desk, create a system to prioritize and digitize tasks.
The time management matrix from the Seven Habits book is a great way to do this. You sort tasks by urgency and importance in a way that helps you see what tasks are just a waste of time and what you need to focus on. Once you’ve decided how to prioritize your action items, consider getting them off your desk and on to your laptop with a management system like Asana. This will keep your desk clutter free moving forward.
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
If you find yourself sitting at your desk with no motivation to do anything, it’s time to change it up. Your old inspirational quotes and relaxing candles just aren’t cutting it. Take a few minutes to remove old pictures from your desk and replace them with things that get your creative juices going.
There are so many easy and clever office decor ideas that can really amp up your space. The key is to connect your desk decor with your major goals. Find quotes that fit how you feel in your career right now. Are you hustling to hit an income goal? Empower yourself with quotes on financial independence and living your best life. Are you creating a career full of passion? Put up quotes and desk accessories that remind you of that.
When you align your surroundings with your internal motivation, you’ll remember why you want to work in the first place.
One powerful way to surround yourself with inspiration is to use a mood board. In fact, these can be incredible tools to help you make your dreams a reality. Spend a fun afternoon piecing together pictures, words, quotes, and prints that make up your passion. Any time you look up from your laptop you’ll be reminded of your end game.
Sometimes, all the inspirational quotes in the world won’t make a difference. That’s when you need to head out. It is so essential to your creative being that you get out of the office every now and then. Counterintuitive for a productivity secret, I know. But the fact is, you probably weren’t made to hustle 24/7.
The truth is, some of the best ideas you’ll get come when you’re taking time off. So book that vacation or start taking a daily walk. Doing this will improve the health of your body and your brain. Learn how to give vacation notice and do it! Planning time off can be really difficult for entrepreneurs, but it’s vital to success.
You are your most important resource. Just like your phone, you need time to recharge.
Outsource and Focus In
Finally, when you feel like you just don’t have enough time in the day, you have to admit that fact and ask for help. When it comes down to it, what’s truly efficient isn’t to do everything yourself. You can get more done if you outsource what you’re not good at and focus on your strengths.
This is the productivity secret of the very successful. To make such a big impact, they don’t have time to do it all themselves. Instead, they hire great talent to do the necessary things that aren’t their core strength.
Imagine what your life would be like if you could focus on doing the very core aspect of your work - the part that you are AMAZING at.
That should be your goal as you grow your career and work on increasing your productivity.