Most important tasks
Work smarter, not harder. If you’ve just been assigned a major project, don’t set a massive to-do-list and overwhelm yourself, keep it short and concise by only focussing on the three to five most important tasks for the day, this will help reduce burn out.
We’re not robots. We can’t work flat out at optimum efficiency from 9am to 5pm. You’re bound to tire and get a lapse in concentration at some point. Instead, try setting up hour long work blocks with a 5-minute break in between. This will keep your concentration going all day.
It’s tempting to sit and have lunch at your desk, but this can harm your concentration. Instead, try getting up and going for a short walk, or just eating somewhere new. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a packed lunch or eating out, a change in scenery can help you feel more energised for the rest of the day.
We all believe that we’re multitaskers. But in fact, humans just aren’t capable of doing multiple things at once. We’re not able to seamlessly juggle tasks, instead what happens is our attention is simply being shifted from one task to another very quickly. Instead of multitasking, focus on one thing at a time and get it finished.
Create a Routine
We’re all creatures of habit, and so are our brains. Establishing a simple routine is great for improving productivity so we can carry out tasks faster since we don’t have to ‘think’ about the task too deeply and can instead work on autopilot.