How To Increase Your Productivity In The New Year
Whether you just landed your dream job and are striving to produce great results, or are still searching for it and are trying to maximize your time, it can be tricky to maintain a balanced, productive schedule.
Here are some helpful tips on adjusting your daily routines to help become more productive and efficient in your job and life!
Invest in the right tools
Additional software and organizational tools are essential to increasing your productivity at work. Whether it’s a calendar that efficiently schedules your day or project management software to keep your tasks organized, investing in technology can relieve some of the pressure and help you stay on track. Platforms like Evernote or Asana can be helpful both for ministry work and personal life.
Take adequate breaks
Burnout is real and can leave you feeling tired, unmotivated and less creative. Be sure to take intentional breaks that give you time to mentally and emotionally recharge throughout the day. Small breaks for daily walks as well as longer retreats and vacations all help to manage energy and stay refreshed.
Focus on one task at a time
While multitasking is often a revered skillset - it can actually result in getting less fully accomplished. Identify three or four essential tasks for the day and then work through them one by one. When you switch between tasks, energy and time gets wasted in the transition. Try to dedicate full attention to each project until it is fully completed.
Time block your schedule
Blocking out specific hours during the day to complete tasks can also help you increase productivity. For example, you could set a time limit for each of the tasks you work on or split your day into larger 90-minute or 60-minute time blocks. It may be helpful to block time off in your calendar and schedule that time for yourself to accomplish your task. Not only is it helpful to protect your time, but think about your energy levels throughout the day. When you are most energized be sure to tackle your harder or more important tasks, leaving your easier responsibilities for that time when you hit an afternoon slump.