How to make the most of your day?
There are only 24 hours in a day, and it is easy to get caught up in trivial tasks.
Whether you want to be more productive at your job or live each day to the fullest, here are my 5 tips for you to make the most of your day, each day!
1. Have a morning routine
Some people prefer to have slow mornings. It can involve snoozing, doing some ayurvedic rituals, journaling or reading. Some others like to start healthy by exercising: doing yoga, running or boot camps. Whatever you prefer, having a morning routine will set the tone for the rest of your day. You want to create a mindset of resilience and optimism. You want to be ready mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually for the day to come. You can do so by doing something that you love first thing in the morning! Such a great way to kick-start your day!
2. Set a specific time to check emails
Emails can be a significant source of stress and disruption.
Whether it is your corporate inbox or your private one, it can get quickly overwhelming. To cope with the email overload, dedicate some quality time to check emails all at once. However, first, you need to stop email notifications. You need to focus on the tasks ahead and avoid distraction. Going further, try to keep your inbox empty or almost empty at all times. This is also known as the zero inbox method. Be proactive and make it even simple for people to reply to you: keep it short and straightforward for example within 5 lines maximum, and use structures such as bullet points.
3. No distraction
Being focused is essential when you want to get things done. It can be easy to get distracted when working in a corporate setting or also from home. Drawing healthy boundaries can eliminate the need for procrastination. First thing first, I would recommend to schedule and break down the tasks ahead. Also, plan your break time using simple gamification techniques: if you achieve work for during a set timeframe, then you are allowed to check your Instagram feed, for example. Additionally, you can go offline or if the later is still tempting, use temporary site blockers to avoid monitoring social media sites.
4. Batch similar tasks
If you have an overwhelming number of tasks ahead, it can be smart to schedule similar ones at the same time. To do so, create a To-Do list to organize your thoughts and tasks. You can do so manually, or you can use online versions as well. You can also use a calendar app so that you can receive notifications and emails reminders. That way, you can stay ahead of your schedule and manage your time efficiently!
5. Learn to say NO!
There are some people that you will always waste your time! Whether it’s friends being systematically late to meetings, the uncle that want you to set up his new iPhone or just some colleague is coming by your desk to chit-chat. These are time bullies, i.e., people that invade your time. Don’t let them push you around! Your time is valuable! You always come first! Learn how to say no even more so when you are busy!