Don’t you want to get out from behind that laptop and live?!
Seriously, you can spend 8 hours staring at a blank document, wasting time on social media, planning on getting your work done, or you can get a day’s worth of work done before lunchtime.
I’ve compiled 5 of the best ideas I’ve found by leaders and managers who are experts at getting things DONE! Read them, and then DO! 🙂
1) Focus on ONE thing at a time! Yes – that’s what I said! We like to think we’re experts a multi-tasking, but we lose a significant amount of productivity when we’ve got 5 computer windows open, are texting our husband about dinner, and trying to get something completed to show for it all by the end of the day. Batch things into tasks around what technology you’ll need to do it. (i.e. plan ONE 30-minute session per day to check emails and — unless it’s part of your job — your social media. )
2) Surround yourself with your winners circle! You must have a network of people who inspire you. Plan to commune with them — over coffee, lunch, by phone… they are the ones who are going to lift you up when it feels like the rest of the world wants to knock you down. They have SOMETHING you want and give it freely. And, as such, you pay the favor forward, giving of YOUR support freely to someone who considers you a part of their winners circle.
3) Work in bursts. If you’ve found yourself staring at a blank computer screen for hours, can’t stop walking to the cooler to see what’s to snack on in the middle of a brainstorming session, or otherwise feeling stuck in a rut, get up and move it! Try something else and then sit back down and get back to work.
4) Do what makes you feel good! What I mean is… what loosens up your body? What stops that critique committee in your head? A good run? Yoga? Prayer and meditation time with your favorite devotionals? Pulling weeds in the garden? Figure it out and do it for at least 10 minutes a day!
5) Shift your perspective. Stand up to work (yes, there are stand-up desks). Or sit on the floor! Right now, I’m on a futon in my sit-on-the-floor office (a little sign on my door says “Barefoot Friendly Office” inviting people to take off their shoes and get down on the floor) to work or meet. You’d be surprised at what a difference a few feet makes.
There are many more — I’m thinking I’ll need to continue this list right away!
The most important thing is to keep the creativity flowing by knowing what fuels you and maintaining a positive attitude. There’s nothing more stifling than mental exhaustion.