The Importance of Time Management
3 Concrete Ways to Make Each Day More Productive & Satisfying
If you are looking for some interesting new ways to boost your productivity, as well as life enjoyment, take comfort in knowing you have plenty of company in this manic modern world. And keep in mind that productivity and life enjoyment are not mutually exclusive. Given all of life’s seemingly endless barrage of distractions and responsibilities – like checking Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, making your first or third cup of coffee and picking up the kids at school.
The American Express Open Forum shared the results of an informal 2009 survey of 250 women that revealed that women were constantly trying to find new ways to improve productivity, including focusing on one task at a time, understanding their energy peaks and valleys and the importance of time management.
Here are three concrete ways that you can tighten up your day for more productivity and job satisfaction while keeping stress to a minimum.
1. Track your Tasks
Track your tasks to see where you’re losing time each day, which might initially cause you to cringe at questionable uses of time upon review, but it will ultimately help you correct course for a more streamlined, productive and relaxed day. One really cool program that you might look into is Evernote, which is available for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, so you can take it with you anywhere.
Dictate audio entries if you are running low on typing time. You can also synchronize entries with your Google calendar to keep your life on track and less hectic. If you are working with a team, sharing is a breeze with this multi-functional program.
2. TuneUp for Focus
Sometimes ambient noise like neighbours’ lawn mowers or your cubicle neighbour’s talk radio program is nearly possible to tune out without a little assistance. Invest in wireless Beats by Dre earbuds for a simple and incredibly effective solution that still keeps up your professional appearance and stature, thanks to their subtle appearance.
The flexible material and fit mean that you can move freely throughout the day without worry that your earbuds will slip. Since they’re wireless, you also don’t have to worry about getting a cord caught in a filing cabinet, car door or paper shredder. So play your favourite tunes, meditations, movies or TV shows – whatever it is that inspires maximum productivity – and tackle the day.
3. Stand Up to your Tasks
If you, like me, write and thus sit quite some hours of a day, consider the benefits of a standing desk. You know how an object in motion stays in focus – as in physics – well, maybe you are that object.
I’ve come across this Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk online, which is an all-in-one adjustable ergo desktop that looks really cool, just to give you an idea. I just love that warm look of that bamboo desk. Or you might prefer a desk conversion option like the Ergo Desktop Kangaroo Junior that sits atop your existing desk. Either option will keep you hopping, upbeat and productive throughout the day. Not even mentioning the many health benefits of a standing desk for your spine and joints as maintaining a strict gym schedule is extremely tough with the myriad of other tasks life likes to throw at us. Consider setting up some sort of home gym (check out this guide for that) so you can easily get in 20-30 minutes of exercise at the end of the day.
Give these ideas a try to see if you can kick-start your productivity so you can feel more confident and accomplished each day.
Thanks a lot for starting with giving me some of your precious time♥