6 Tips for Making 2015 the Most Productive Year for Your Business
More productivity is always a good thing and if you are looking for ways to boost your productivity in 2015, read the advice from some of the most productive people and how they go about their daily lives.
1. Visualize your upcoming day the night before
Harvey Deutschendorf is the author of The Other Kind of Smart and a renowned emotional intelligence expert. Before he goes to sleep, he decides on some simple stuff for the next day such as what to eat for lunch, what clothes he will wear, or what route he will take when going to work. He says that if you spend less of your time and energy trying to figure out the routine and everyday stuff, then you will have more time to focus on the things that are really important.
Also, he notes that it is extremely important to visualize what you plan to do and finish the next day. If you spend enough time to make this a part of your daily routine, you will be surprised as to how much you can accomplish, he added.
2. Stick to other productive people
Vivian Gian is a freelance journalist that often handles organizational psychology, leadership, and gender issues. For her, it is very easy to work by herself but she finds that her productivity actually increases when she is surrounded by strangers who are productive.
According to her, working around strangers that are productive with their own tasks makes her more accountable for her own tasks. She does not end up taking long breaks or browsing social media. She actually ends up sort of competing with them since they always look like they will come up with something revolutionary.
3. Standing at work
Camille Sweeney remembered the time where she had to interview 15 prominent newsmakers in a span of a few days, and she recalls that she made all of those calls while standing up. She says that it made such a huge difference as it was the time where she got out of her chair and stood up while working at her desk.
She is an acclaimed journalist and co-author of the book The Art of Doing and before her portable standing desk came in, she improvised by putting her laptop on top of a cardboard box so that she could work while standing. Nowadays, she alternates between standing and sitting while at work.
4. Focus on a single word for the year
Jimmy Page is the author of the book One Word That Will Change Your Life and he states that having a one-word theme for the year will create clarity and simplicity in your life. This word wont just impact what you do, but will change the person you can become. It affects the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and even financial aspects of your life. By focusing on only one word, you are removing the distractions in your life and are putting more of your effort into actions.
5. Maximizing your creative time
Sally Poblete recommends that we keep track and monitor when and where we are most creative and build our schedule around that so we can capitalize on it. She is the CEO and founder of Wellthie, a healthcare technology company.
According to her, she works best in the mornings since there are fewer interruptions and distractions. For her, this is the best time to brainstorm, write, and talk to people who can challenge and inspire her. Other things such as necessary meetings can be done in the afternoon.
6. Knowing when to stop
Star Million Baker is the CEO and cofounder of the PR agency INK Public Relations and according to him, there should also be a point wherein you must say that it isn’t going to happen today. He says that the ability to evaluate and decide which are the tasks that need priority for the day and which tasks are physically impossible to do today is a skill that needs developing. He uses a task management tool and reviews it every day. Tasks are then postponed for the next day as the work day is about to end.
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