Top tips on how to maximise productivity at work.
Whether you are an early riser or a night owl, finding the motivation and really get the best out of your day can be a tricky task.
Our office is a tight-knit group who all work very well together, but we all work very differently. I decided to carry out a little survey to find out more about the routine of the Murray Recruitment team. By doing the survey we have arrived at some crucial points of how to get the best out of your day, no matter which category you fit into.
I do not fall into this category, but I am in awe of those who spring out of bed raring to go. Our early risers in the office have common routines, they don’t snooze their alarm, they prefer to exercise in the morning, they go to bed before 10 pm and they start to dip in productivity by mid-afternoon.
If you are part of the early riser crew, to get the best out of your day you have to structure it a certain way.
Creating an evening list
Get a jumpstart to your morning it’s best to have a list waiting for you so that no time is wasted.
Start with your hardest task
Your battery power is on full, use this to your advantage and get stuck into that tricky task.
Know when to move on
You have your list, you are working through it…it’s 10:30 and you have hit a wall with one of your projects. Move on! If a task isn’t getting anywhere it is eating up your precious energy, jump to the next task and come back to this one later.
This is my category. This isn’t to say I am useless at 9 am but my productivity boost seems to hit me later in the day. Those in the Murray Recruitment team who join me in this category also have a similar routine. Firstly we snooze that alarm …more than once, and we exercise after work to burn off the energy and stresses of the day. We may be slow burners but then the productivity boosts in the afternoon;
If this sounds more like you, here are some tips on structuring your day to get the most productivity.
Morning prep the night before.
You know you are going to hit snooze, no matter what your intentions are at night…you do it every morning. So; while you have that excess energy, make your life easier for the next morning. Pick out what you are going to wear, wash your hair, make your lunch for the following day – think of it as more time in bed!
Write a to-do list, but don’t overfill it.
You are going to add to your list as your day progresses so the best approach is to write a small essential list and watch it develop as your brain starts ticking over.
Keep your more challenging tasks to later in the day. One thing to be wary of though is that you leave yourself enough time to complete a task especially if you work to strict deadlines.
Both are needed
Have you noticed that the strengths and weaknesses of both types of people help balance each other out? There is no right or wrong way, but it is important to use your time as constructively as you can. Our office is pretty even in terms of which category people fit in to and both help motivate the other through their slower hours.
It can be difficult to get yourself into a habit of restructuring your work-load but by making these small changes you will find you get the best use of your day.