Time is of the essence and there’s no stopping the super-employees looking for a promotion. How do they do it? You ask. Dedication? Steroids? Nobody’s entirely sure, the only thing you can say for certain is that you should do your best to emulate their behaviour.
Making the most of the day will put you on the right track for achieving your work goals and encourage positivity that will bleed into every crevice of your life outside work. Here are six ways to maximise your working day.
1. Work a day ahead
It’s a hard balance to get right but if you work on a task-based routine, try and get yourself a day ahead. This won’t always be achievable but if you are working 24 hours ahead of schedule, you have enough time to edit and perfect your work as well as contingency time in case the worst happens.
2. Abide by the 80/20 rule
This method of prioritising your work is put best by Entrepreneur.com: “The 80/20 rule states that 80 percent of your typical activities contribute less than 20 percent to the value of your work. When you focus on the important 20 percent of your daily tasks you still get the higher reward on your time investment.”
3. Treat your commute as mental training
Listening to podcasts or taking the stairs or reading a book can all contribute to how mentally prepared you’ll be by the time you reach the office. The worst thing you can be when starting work is still waking up. Use your commute to get your mind and body prepared for the day.
4. Follow the Kit-Kat philosophy
Simply put, take breaks. The recommended ratio for work to break is 52 minutes of work met by 17 minutes of break. It might seem specific but this balance will result in maximum productivity, so says science.
5. Resist distraction
If you’re interested in how easily you get distracted, try the Stoop word and colour test. Try and stay away from office gossip, personal phone calls and social to avoid building a reputation as unproductive.
Set yourself daily goals on your commute and have them network to an ultimate bigger achievement. Vision is important but not nearly as significant as daily activeness toward it. Benchmarking is the most bureaucratic but most effective way of making your dreams a reality.