When it comes to our inner workings, we often don’t know what we don’t know.
And as it turns out, there are things that only become apparent later on in life. We aren’t necessarily equipped with the knowledge we need going forward.
Fortunately, though, with a little bit of foresight and a lot of initiative, anyone can make the most of their days at work.
Take for example someone who is given the freedom to choose where they work each day.
They might think that it would be chaotic and hectic.
After all, there are so many different things that they could focus on instead of sticking with their office environment.
But if you did have that flexibility then wouldn’t you want to take advantage of every moment?
That way you could spend your time focusing on what makes you happy rather than what feels like a drag at any given moment.
Here are 10 ways that will help you start making the most of your everyday:
- 1) Use a Master To-Do List
- 2) Play Your Day the Night Before
- 3) Prioritize Your Tasks
- 4) Get up 2 Hours Earlier
- 5) Meditate for 10 Minutes
- 6) Set Time for Checking Emails and Texts
- 7) Stay Hydrated and Eat Real Foods
- 8) Do the Most Frustrating Tasks First
- 9) Don't Multitask
- 10) Have an End Day Routine
1) Use a Master To-Do List
As you’re putting your days to work, it’s always important to keep track of everything that needs doing.
This way, you can stay on top of your workload and make sure that not too much falls through the cracks.
If you don’t want to spend hours each day writing lists, then consider using a master To-Do List.
It helps keeps you accountable so that every day is an accomplishment.
2) Play Your Day the Night Before
You might think that it’s a waste of time to make plans for the evening before you start your day.
But it might turn out to be one of your most productive hours.
Playing games is a great way to pass the time and get ready for work at the same time.
You can also spend your night thinking about what things you want to achieve during the day.
This helps you plan accordingly so that nothing comes up unexpectedly later on in your day.
3) Prioritize Your Tasks
You might have a lot of tasks that you need to do, but it would be more beneficial for your productivity if you only took on the top few.
Identify what are the most important things for you to do and make sure that those are at the front of your list.
You probably work in an office with other people. It’s important to find a balance with those people so that neither of you is irritated by one other.
You don’t want to be someone who takes everything too seriously.
Especially when it comes to meetings about trivial tasks or meetings about things that don’t matter.
If there is something that is really important, then make sure to communicate this from the beginning so everyone involved knows how to prioritize their time during the meeting.
Sometimes music can help bring our mood up or put us in a better frame of mind when we have so many different things going on in our head at once.
Not only does listening to music help us focus, but it also gives us an opportunity to take some time away from what’s happening in our lives sometimes by just zoning out and listening to our favorite songs over and over again.
There are always going to be challenges along the way and sometimes they don’t even feel like challenges because they’re already been completed before they happen.
4) Get up 2 Hours Earlier
Start your day early – say at 7 AM.
That way you’ll have an extra couple of hours that you could use to get through some important tasks for the day.
This will also have a big impact on your nightlife.
If it helps, then think of it as a little bit of a trade-off in order to have more time during the week.
5) Meditate for 10 Minutes
This might seem like a bizarre idea to some people. After all, what could you possibly be doing for 10 minutes?
Meditation is a great way to start the day and clear your mind of any negative thoughts or anxieties that might have been lingering in there.
By meditating before heading into a day of endless tasks, you can feel more relaxed and well-rested.
6) Set Time for Checking Emails and Texts
Many of us spend an hour every day checking the emails or texts that flood our inboxes.
We are used to it. So, we don’t even realize it anymore.
But what if you could only check your email and texts three times a week?
Knowing when to check your emails and texts can be difficult because there isn’t always a set time that they come in.
Some days there might be more in the morning while other days they might trickle in throughout the day.
This is why it’s important to set up a scheduled time for checking your texts and emails, whether it’s first thing in the morning before you start work or at lunchtime during your break.
If you have trouble deciding on a specific time, then try doing them right after lunch.
7) Stay Hydrated and Eat Real Foods
It’s no secret that our bodies need water to function. It keeps us healthy, hydrated and energized.
But too often in the working world we live and die by the coffee machine.
Coffee is great for a boost but it isn’t good for our health long-term.
In fact, too much caffeine can cause anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and stomach problems.
The solution? Stick with your water!
Hydration is important at work or at home so keep drinking throughout the day and don’t forget to eat real foods as well.
If you have time then try to cook up something fresh like oatmeal or eggs in the morning.
8) Do the Most Frustrating Tasks First
This is a great tip for when you’re feeling overloaded. Assign yourself some of the most frustrating tasks first.
This way you can have a sense of accomplishment, which will help improve your productivity for the rest of the day.
Similar to how rewarding yourself helps with self-discipline and motivation, it also helps with your work life.
Don’t wait to reward yourself, try doing something small every hour or so throughout the day that makes you feel good about yourself.
Some ideas include taking a quick break in your office, looking at photos that remind you how much you love what you do, or getting a drink from the vending machine.
When we spend all day in our offices then we can forget the other people in this world who want to connect with us on social media and elsewhere online as well!
Remember that not everyone has an office job. But if they have time, then set up opportunities for them to get out and meet new people.
For instance, by inviting them over for lunch or offering your services as a personal trainer if they’re interested in working out more often.
9) Don’t Multitask
The first way to make the most out of your workday is by not multitasking.
We all know that multitasking is a bad idea, but it’s even worse when you have a lot of things going on.
If you try to do too much at once, it will only lead to diminishing returns and frustration in the long run.
10) Have an End Day Routine
At the end of each day, write out your daily to-do list and then cross off the things that you’ve completed.
This will help you stay on top of your work and also give you a sense of accomplishment.
Try to have a designated place for everything in your office. From important documents to excess paperwork, there needs to be somewhere all of your items can go at any given time.
Your office should be like a home away from home; so why not take care of it like one?
Splitting up your day isn’t always necessary.
But it’s certainly useful if you’re working at an intense pace or just need a mental break every now and again.
Taking breaks will improve your while still being productive in some way or another.
People tend to feel more refreshed after they’ve taken a few minutes or hours away from their current task at hand.
If there’s one thing that people want when they start working – especially new ones – is recognition for their work.
So figure out what type of work that you’re good at because then it becomes easier for people to identify with you as well as see where your skills are best utilized.
For instance, maybe you’re really good with numbers or have great managerial experience so consider using those skills in certain situations within.
Making the most of your workday doesn’t happen by accident.
A little preparation and planning go a long way in ensuring that you’re able to get the most out of your day.
Make these 10 simple changes to your workday for increased productivity and greater focus.
1) How do I structure my workday?
What you do each day should be dictated by what is going to be the most efficient. If you make it a point to do the same thing every day then it means you are not learning new things. If you are given flexibility in where you work, pick a location that has high traffic and low starting and stopping times. The right place for each person is the one where they feel comfortable, can get their work done, and where have a high likelihood of productivity.
2) What are examples of daily routines?
If you really want to understand what it’s like to be a freelancer (or at least the general mindset of one), take a look at the Startup.com blog put out by virtual assistants. Just take a look at this quote from one of their writers: “I wake up, brush my teeth, and remember I don’t have to get ready for work. I shower and remember you can do that anywhere. I walk into my room and pretend I’m not getting ready for work when in reality I am putting on my work face of pep and energy. At this point, because of the late hour, I put on some music, and lights dimmed, and pretend it’s just the two of us in the living room watching TV… Oh god is TV bad for creating office relationships?”
3) How do I create a healthy daily routine?
1) Schedule your time well. If you only have 30 minutes, the things that you can’t do many things in 30 minutes. Schedule your time better with adjusted blocks like 30-45 minutes and 15-20 minutes to grab lunch, call or text your loved ones. That way you do not feel hurried and also reduce your stress level. 2) Prioritize what are the most important things for today: Prioritize the things that are most important for such a day. Make a schedule for each block of time according to the ‘most urgent’ item first. 3) Use AtoZ free app: A great app is AtoZ which is free on the play store and allows you to keep track of both your daily tasks and break times with ease.
4) What should you do first thing in the morning?
Get up earlier than usual. When you’re normally rushing out the door in the morning, you’re not giving yourself time to prepare. Instead of being rushed and frazzled, have a cup of coffee, take a relaxing walk, or meditate to start your day off with a positive outlook. And the moment you actually start working, use your extra time to do something that makes you even more efficient—like tracking your progress or reviewing previous days’ work.