You already know all about work-life balance. You work hard, but you always make the time for the things that are important to you like healthy exercise, spending time with family and friends, and indulging in hobbies. You know how important it is to take a break from work, but what about the breaks you take while you’re working? Taking a work break during your work-day can help to maximize your productivity. With everything else you have going on you may think you don’t have time.
Never do today what you can safely put off until tomorrow. Sound familiar? Deadlines are looming, nothing’s getting done, and you’re binge watching your favorite show on Netflix. It’s not that you don’t want to get things done… it just doesn’t seem important right now. After all, you have plenty of time. Putting off work doesn’t mean that you’re lazy. The work always gets done. You’re just a procrastinator.
Every journey begins with a single step. But sometimes, that first step is really hard. Especially when that journey involves work. Whether you’re sitting in front of a computer staring at the dreaded blinking cursor reaching for the snooze button for third time, getting started can be hardest part of your workday.
Everyone always tells us to work smarter not harder. They tell us we need to use our time wisely, organize our day, create to-do lists, and tackle one thing at a time. There’s so much advice out there about what we can do increase productivity. But what about the things we shouldn’t do? What are the things we do every day that are sapping our time and making us less productive?
Whether you’re a team leader, an entrepreneur, or in some similar position of authority, delegation is going to be a major part of maximizing your productivity and keeping yourself sane during tight deadlines or large workloads. The problem is, many people don’t know how to delegate effectively, or aren’t willing to do it unless they absolutely have to. Delegating tasks is a skill that, like any skill, can be learned and improved on over time.
Do you suffer from the dreaded disease, “puttingthingsofftilthelastminuteitus?” Do you have trouble getting started when it comes to overwhelming tasks? Many people do. In fact, only one in ten Americans achieve everything they set out to do each day. Sometimes it just takes one ‘iceberg’ task to sink all of your good intentions. You put it off until after lunch, then move it to the end of the day, and finally… first thing to tomorrow. Eventually, your ‘to do’ list becomes more like a novel. Your stress rises. Stress and procrastination affect your mental and physical health. And things go downhill from there.