Unlock or Lockdown 5.0, whichever way we choose to look at it, we still have that phase of time where we are not yet back to routine and hence we have some more time to work upon ourselves. Hike in productivity is one of those skills we all want to acquire. Be it a student, or a professional, manager at work or manager at home, we need to be productive. So the basic tip to this is: Let’s cocoon, not crib 🙂 other than that implement the following five.
- Create time blocks for deep and shallow work
To plan a successful and a fruitful day, create time blocks to manage time effectively and protect day from unexpected interruptions. One good and the sensible tip is to divide the work into two sections – deep work and shallow work. Both are important but deep work carries a bit more importance. To maximise your output, keep a sixty minutes slot for your deep work in the morning itself. You have two sets of deep work to work on, have two slots of sixty minutes each. Deep goes as uninterrupted work as well. Take a break in between which is obviously not a social media break. Refrain from checking emails, FB, Twitter, WhatsApp and rather indulge in some music or stretching. By creating time blocks in this manner, you will finish the most important tasks for the day, when you have the most energy to do that deep work.
Shallow work will find its way and fit in; your focus has to be deep work.
- Put things back in order after work
After a long tiring day at work, it’s easy to walk away from our workspace and leave things in a disorderly manner, only to return back the next morning to clean it up before getting back to work. Even though this saves time upfront, it wastes valuable time, willpower and energy, that could’ve been spent working on important tasks straight away. To avoid this problem, make sure to clean up the workspace and put things back in order before leaving the office desk each day. No chaos brings in more clarity. A clean and organised space liberates more ideas and energy. This ensures that you have enough willpower each morning, to tackle the tedious tasks in the long day ahead.
- Schedule downtime
So what if it is work from home, after a sincere and hardworking day, don’t forget to feel at home and enjoy!! You will thank yourself the next morning. Now is the time to eat dinner, and spend the rest of the evening relaxing: listening to music and catching up with friends. Downtime isn’t a waste of time. It’s a powerful productivity tool for re-energizing the brain and body, in preparation for the challenges of the next day. Each day these days is a challenge. Cocooning makes us go through some tough times so that we transform, we get enhanced.
- Reflect on your day in the evenings
Just before going to bed, it is a good idea to reflect on the day and ask yourself an important question: What good have I done today? After noting down what went well, and what didn’t go so well during the day, look at what changes can you incorporate in order to improve your daily schedule. Likewise, an evening audit of your daily productivity will help you to uncover time-wasting activities that drain your energy, and improve your daily schedule for better
- Don’t aim for perfection
Cocooning is definitely not the time to take the pressure. You might be one of those who are not designed to be particular in things. Don’t panic. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and so will not be your habits. It takes time to change or build habits. The good thing here is you have an exclusive chance to form a non-negotiable schedule since you are not moving out. Make the best of it, which you would not ever get a chance once you step out and start your travel. Don’t set expectations too high and get de-motivated. Go step by step. Go easy. But don’t get stuck. One is either dead or is moving. Keep moving and make sure you are more organised and better than yesterday. Slow progress is still progress 🙂
These five steps will take you deeper into your productivity, which is directly related to your growth. Try this. In case of further queries and/or ideas to share do get in touch with us on [email protected]