I hope everyone’s having a great start to the week. It is now officially autumn in the UK and it has surely been an interesting year so far. Today, I woke up thinking about productivity. In the midst of COVID-19 there’s no doubt that we’ve had to change our way of thinking, planning and doing. Some of us have taken the situation in our stride when it comes to business, using the time spent at home to tick things off our To-Do List while others have simply fallen in a slump of confusion. Whichever side you fall into, perhaps the below tips will assist you in executing your short term goals effectively.
Prioritise your list
This is a simple way to choose your most important task on the list. You can do this by doing your most dreaded task first or by executing the tasks that will create a foundation for other things on your list. However, you decide to use this approach, it is important that you try to keep the process simple and fun.
Get ahead of the game
A lot of us are guilty of leaving things until the very last minute. In most cases, you’ll find that if you just leap into doing the tasks on your list the night before, the feeling of accomplishment tend to motivate you to continue doing things on your list and before you know it, it’s all done. The good thing about this is, if you’re motivated to do everything the night before, you can enjoy some extra time in bed the next morning since the dreaded list is not hanging over your head.
Turn on or turn off distractions
It’s easier for some to turn on music or background noise while they work and it’s a necessity for others to switch off all distractions. Do whatever works for you but don’t get carried away. The purpose of this is to create an environment that motivates you to tap into discipline and get things done!
Try not to take breaks
When it comes to short term goals, i’ve found that the best approach for me to execute tasks is to get it all done at once. Let’s face it, the list is there because you’re probably falling behind on your work so why waste time in between when you can just have it all done and enjoy a rewarding hot beverage afterwards.
Just say no
We are all guilty of saying yes to menial tasks that we simply do not have the capacity to complete within a short timeframe. As your business evolves, you will need to have the courage to simply say no when you know that you are unable to fully commit to demands. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this and only you know what is best for you when it comes to managing demands however, please take your mental health into consideration. Being burnt out and missing deadlines could potentially discourage clients.