Increase your productivity in 2017
Ever find yourself wishing there were more hours in the day? Would you like more time to work on a personal project, pursue your latest hobby, or even just spend time with loved ones? Whatever it may be, we all wish there was more time for it.
So if you need to achieve more in your working day to help free up more precious after hours time, then this is the blog for you. After all, we all get 24 hours in our day – it’s what we do with them that counts. In the first of two blogs we look at the first four tricks you can adopt this New Year to improve your time management and productivity.
1. Use technology to your advantage
Technology is a fantastic aid when running your own business as you can hunt for contracts, manage your social media accounts, and work on your current contract all at once. But whilst this can mean achieving three things at once, it also means your concentration is split three ways…
If you’re easily distracted, ensure you switch off any notifications which may pop up when working. Only check your notifications during set breaks, so that your concentration doesn’t stray. Not only will it mean your focus remains sharp, you’ll also achieve set timed tasks throughout your working day.
2. The early bird catches the worm
Many professionals credit early starts as the key to their success, as it ensures they make the most from their day. So how can it benefit you?
Peace and quiet – You’re up before anyone else, allowing you to create your ideal work environment before it naturally changes as others start their day. Use those first couple of hours to your advantage, knowing you can end your day sooner than those who haven’t started until 9am.
Time for food – There’s no fire without fuel, so by getting up earlier you’ll have more time to have a proper breakfast before you start your day.
Perspective on the day ahead – By getting up earlier you’ll have time to take a step back and plan how you want your day to pan out. Instead of screeching into your client’s office two minutes before you’re supposed to start, or impatiently waiting for your laptop to spring into life from home, you’ll have the luxury of starting work calmly, knowing how you’re going to tackle your day’s tasks.
3. Structure your day in blocks
We all have different tolerances when it comes to how long we can perform a particular task before we need a break. So consider your typical working day and how long you can usually keep focus and productivity before you need to take a break.
Working through lunch, not allowing your eyes to rest from a screen (including your smartphone), or even keeping your mind running on work through breaks all lead to a reduction in productivity and can contribute to increased levels of work related stress.
Consider your day and when you need regular breaks, and which tasks can be completed during those times. Tackle the most challenging tasks first, allowing your mind an easy afternoon with the least taxing.
4. Take breaks when you need them
Whether it’s getting some fresh air, tuning into your favourite radio station, calling a friend or even doing some meditation, always take breaks as and when you need them.
Your productivity and professional attitude will thank you at the end of the day.
Final thoughts…for now!
We will be publishing our next four top New Year productivity tips shortly, so keep an eye out on our social media channels, to be the first to check them out.
Do you have any tips of your own? Share them with us! We’d love to hear how you conquer the world of time and productivity management whilst winning at contracting.
This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.