How to Jump-Start Productivity
By Guest Blogger Heather Matthews
If you want to do more with your day, don’t start it by jumping right into work as soon as your eyes open.
A lot of people think you need to hit the ground running if you want to gain momentum to your day. But that just sounds tiring. And not entirely true.
If you really want to make the most of your day, you need to roll with the pace.
Yes, that’s right. You roll with the pace that you wake up into.
It’s not about how fast you get up or how eager you are to dive into work.
There’s a certain finesse to how you should work it.
Here are a few tips on gaining your momentum.
When we wake up, we usually have things on our minds.
Sometimes it’s about the dream we just had, or maybe we were jolted awake by the things we need to do for the day, or maybe we just remembered our dad’s birthday and we don’t want to forget to greet him.
Whatever it is on your mind as soon as you wake up, write them down. [Note: having a notebook and pen by your bedside is handly.]
When you do this, you unclutter your mind without worrying that you’ll forget something later on. This way, you can always go back to check.
Sure, exercise would be a great activity to get your blood pumping. But really, any movement will do.
Get your energy up by walking, walking your dog, going downstairs to fix your breakfast, or maybe you need to go to the grocery to get a meal.
Just do anything that requires you to move so that your body wakes up as your mind does too.
If you’re the type of person who needs his daily dose of social media to get the ball rolling then you should go scan your feed for about an hour.
This will get you your fix and get it out of the way.
Checking social media updates could severely cripple your productivity if you do it in between work tasks or even on your lunch break.
As soon as you get to your office, check in on people that you work with.
Say good morning, exchange the usual pleasantries. If you have the time, ask about their weekend or how their week is going so far and listen.
Good communication with your team lets the positive vibes circulate throughout the office. This will get everyone working pleasantly and harmoniously with one another.
Calendars are very useful if you know how to use them. They aren’t just decorations on the wall or on your desk.
Use them to plot out your deadlines and working timelines for existing projects.
It’s good to have an overview of what your timeline looks like so you don’t risk cramming on the final stretch.
If you can, sync your calendars with your team so that everyone is looking at the same thing.