Work can be incredibly hectic, and there are days when you are just counting the minutes until it’s time to go home.
However, work doesn’t have to be stressful, and you certainly don’t have to hate it. In fact, with just a few attitude adjustments, you may even start to see work in a whole different light. Here are six secrets to making your work days more meaningful:
1. Start Your Day Right
Get moving the moment you wake up. It’s tempting to hit the snooze button multiple times. However, this is a bad way to set the tone for the rest of your day. Instead, wake up energized with a positive attitude.
Start the day with a short gym session or go for a light jog before getting ready for work. Don’t want to leave the house? Squeeze in a few stretches or even jumping jacks before taking your morning shower.
2. Turn Off Your Notifications
Your phone can be incredibly distracting. And admit it, you’ve gotten used to checking it every how many minutes. This can really disrupt your flow. Unless you work in an industry that requires you to be on-call 24/7, put your phone aside. Check it every few hours but only if you must.
3. Set a Schedule to Check Emails
Surely you don’t need to check your emails every 5 minutes. And you probably aren’t required to answer all your email immediately. And you may not realize how much time you waste by pausing doing what you’re doing just to check your emails.
Instead, dedicate a few times in your day to checking your inbox and replying. It’s actually more productive for you to let emails pile up so you can go through all of them in one or two sessions within your day.
4. Make the Most of Your Peak Times
Like most people, you’re probably most productive in the morning. Make the most of this time by tackling all the important tasks first. Your peak times should be dedicated to priority items.
5. Focus On One Thing at a Time
You’ll find that you move through your day faster when you complete one task at a time rather than attempting to do multiple things at once. Each item on your list particularly the high-value tasks need your full concentration. Once you’re done, move on to the next and don’t let the thought of the next project distract you from what you are currently doing.
6. Make a List and Cross Off Items Once You’re Done
You could physically write it on paper or keep things in a digital diary. However you choose to do it, having a checklist of everything you need doing is like making a contract with yourself and a declaration that you recognize what needs to be accomplished that day.
And once you start crossing things off once they’re done, you feel empowered to move on to the next. Before you know it, you’re done.
Work doesn’t need to suck. In fact, approach it with the right mindset, and you’ll get through your day effortlessly. A few bonus tips would be to take a few walks around the office to get your energy up and keep your meetings light.
To make your day truly meaningful, focus on how things will go right rather than worrying about what could go wrong.