If you found 6 Things You Can Do To Make Your Work Day More Meaningful, here are six more things that you can do today to turning your work day around.
1. Put a Value on Your Time
Learn to say no to extra commitments and recognize that your time is valuable. If you don’t respect your time as an asset, no one else will, and they will try to throw tasks your way. Identify what you can realistically accomplish in a day and make sure that others respect your time.
2. Distinguish Between Urgency and Importance
Urgent tasks need to be dealt with immediately while important tasks contribute to long-term goals.
Some items can be urgent but not important, important but not urgent, and important and urgent. For obvious reasons, you should be doing tasks that are both urgent and important first. Your future success will rely heavily on being able to define the difference.
3. Analyze How You Work
Identify what works and what doesn’t. Determine what you’re doing wrong and what you can do to avoid making the same mistakes. Always be on the lookout on how you can improve your process. Put aside some time every week to evaluate your performance. Reward yourself when you start to see improvements in efficiency.
4. Declutter Your Workspace
Do you ever find yourself staring blankly at the bobbleheads, fake plants, or last Christmas’s photo booth party print-out on your desk? Yes, there may be items in your workspace such as a mini vision board that is meant to inspire you. However, some of these elements can actually steal your attention rather than motivate you.
It’s amazing how much more productive you can be by just clearing your desk. Removing stacks of paper that are unnecessary to your current project and putting aside other distracting items can increase your concentration.
5. Listen to Good Music
Studies have proven that listening music can dramatically boost your mood and reduce stress. Create a playlist that helps you concentrate on work. However, to increase your productivity, it may be best to listen to instrumentals rather than the latest pop songs which may cause you to want to sing along, thus pulling you away from the task at hand.
6. Take a Break
To sustain your concentration, short breaks throughout the day are recommended. Use these breaks to relax or even raise your energy levels. Get your blood pumping by taking a walk around the office or outdoors for some fresh air. You may even want to use your break for a power nap which has also been proven to boost memory, creativity, and energy levels.
These six small actions added to the first six items mentioned in 6 Things You Can Do To Make Your Work Day More Meaningful will give your day direction and purpose. Take control of your work day to contribute to a goal that is greater and more meaningful.