While having long-term goals is important to ensure that you are focused, we all agree that short term goals are the ones that actually help us achieve them. Even better a plan is to have a common to-do list for each day that will ensure you are moving towards the right goal. Here is what the most productive people in Infomaze do, each day that they work.
1. A smaller to-do list that has all the tasks that you are expected to complete in a day:
In short, we are planners. We love to complete the task on our lists and then strike it off our list. Gives us a sense of accomplishment and that in turn encourages us even more, you see?
It also makes sure that we haven’t missed out on anything even if we have been assigned a few hundreds of other tasks.
2. Take short & effective breaks:
Taking a break does not always have to mean getting out of the company and go for a long walk. Go to the cooler, sip on a glass of water. Relax, loosen those tense muscles, take a few deep breaths. You’d be surprised to see how such a simple thing can help so much.
3. Focus on yourself at the start of the day:
When you wake up in the morning, don’t just start checking your emails. Have a healthy breakfast, try to keep up with what’s happening around you. Go for a run or maybe do some yoga. Exercise really helps you kick start your day and relaxes your mind and muscles, especially when you’re in a position that minimizes your physical movements for the rest of the day.
4. Complete the most challenging tasks earlier in the day:
When you’re fresh, it’s easy to finish off those bigger hurdles as your mind is just beginning to analyze, rather than putting them off to the end of the day when you would be exhausted.
5. Talk, instead of sending hundreds of emails:
When you see that the email conversation is going on endlessly, its high time you realize and opt to talk it out instead. Save your time and of those involved. No, seriously. Continuing the conversation through emails is actually is pushing it further rather than clarifying the problem.
Also, some problems are bigger and more confusing – especially to freshers given the lack of experience. In such cases too, it is better to have get together and have a meeting to analyze how the problem must be solved. Making sure that everyone involved has understood it will help solve the problem quickly and more efficiently.
6. Create a system to be followed:
Rather than randomly checking your emails, and then getting onto the paperwork that you were supposed to fill, and then write that email to the client, and then jumping onto something else, have a system in place that you follow each day. It saves time and avoids a lot of confusion.
For instance, check your emails when you start your work in the morning, and after lunch. Of course, if it’s too important, you know what to do! Talk to/email the client by the end of the day and fill in your paperwork right before you leave. It’s your company and you must make sure your method benefits it. Use the working hours to their optimum best!
7. Read something about your industry:
Now this is very important, and let’s see why. One of our developers believes in learning new stuff and keeps reading about newer software platforms. She tries them out whenever she has the time, and makes a point to talk about them when we discuss our new projects. It’s a joy to see her enthusiasm!
Don’t you want to be like her? Talking to her for a minute makes you pull up your socks and start learning newer technologies yourself.
8. Never, and we mean NEVER de-motivate someone:
In any line of business, there is always that one person who is so filled with negative thoughts, just the thought of interacting with him makes you feel nauseated. Never be that guy! If you cannot inspire anyone, at least do not demoralize someone’s interests. How to keep away from such people and stay unaffected is another story altogether.
9. Take a minute to appreciate your work for the day:
This is a vital part and it should be right at the end of the day. One of our colleagues says that introspection is the best form of planning. His method is to introspect just before he ends his work for the day. He takes a minute to see what he has pulled off that day and how he can improve his approach, if necessary. Seems to be simple, yet an effective way to keep you focused towards that big personal goal, don’t you think?