Do you ever feel like you’re working more and accomplishing less? Considering that the average worker experiences a significant interruption four times per hour, it’s no wonder that many of us leave 10-hour days wondering what we actually accomplished. However, since 44% of those distractions are self-induced, we need to examine what what we’re doing and minimize self-interruptions as much as possible. Here are three ways to supercharge your productivity and take back your work day.
- Analyze your work day. The key to productivity is doing more of what you want and less of what you don’t. It might sound sound overly simplistic, but you don’t usually put off activities you enjoy, right? Start by analyzing your work day and separating your tasks into categories. Try Chris Ducker’s 3 Lists to Freedomexercise and identify (1) things you hate, (2) things you’re not good at, and (3) things you probably shouldn’t be doing.
- Delegate. Now that you have your list in hand, hand off as many of those tasks as possible. This may require outsourcing or hiring a virtual assistant. Common tasks that business owners delegate include:
- Administrative support
- Content creation
- Social media marketing
By removing the duties you dread from your to-do list, you’ll boost your productivity and complete your remaining tasks more efficiently.
- Batch your tasks. It takes 20-30 minutes to start creating “flow” and about 25 minutes to regain focus every time you switch tasks, so by “batching” your workday activities, you can minimize this productivity drain. Designate certain days for client meetings, a known energy drainer, and try not to take meetings on days when you have other mentally draining tasks to complete (like writing). You should also schedule more mentally strenuous work earlier in the day when your energy levels are higher. People often make the mistake of tackling their email or administrative tasks in the morning because they feel like they’re accomplishing something. As a result, they end up pushing their important tasks until later in day when they don’t have the energy to produce their best work.