For many of us, being successful in our chosen career is important to our overall happiness. But what exactly is it that those successful people do to get where they are? Is it a case of working harder, or do they work smarter?
Long term, those who are successful invest their time into activities that will bear returns somewhere down the road. They look to improve their skills and build connections. They consider the future instead of blindly acting upon whatever arrives in their inboxes that morning. This means they work to get results and not for the sake of working.
What can we do to improve productivity?
The first thing to do is note down how you spend your time right now. Do this for a week or so and try to spot which times you are most productive, when your energy is low and when you lose focus. After you have done this you can plan your working days around your natural rhythms. Plan any important jobs for the times you’re most productive and plan breaks around the times you need an energy boost.
Does being an early bird help?
Sadly for night owls – it usually does. Even if you are at your most productive at 2 a.m., if you still need to be at work for 9 a.m. you won’t be able to honour that productivity properly. Try to set yourself up to embrace your inner early bird by going to bed at a set time and seize those early hours for a great start to your day.
What is the biggest productivity drain?
One of the biggest drains on productivity is not thinking through how you want to spend your time. This alone can lose you hours if you are unaware of what you are trying to accomplish by the end of the day. Those who are successful create regular times to plan and think through their schedules. Life will of course throw you an unexpected curveball at times – but if you at least have a rough map, you’ll get to where you’re going.
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