Why do most of us think that people who work hard are hard-working? When we see someone always staying late in the office, most of us assume that these employees or entrepreneurs have so much work on their hands that they need to work long hours to ensure it gets done. Or, consider those people who always seem to constantly be busy, day in, day out. The first assumption is that they have taken on so much work that they must constantly work an overtime schedule.
Actually, most of these types of people are plain and simple inefficient. If you pay close attention you will see that they make use of these methods to produce the exact same results as everybody else. And while some may argue that these types of people are disciplined, given their work ethic, focus should be placed on productivity, not on quantity. In order for an individual to produce more results, he or she does not have to work longer hours; he or she just has to work smarter.
So, here are 3 easy ways to do this, which most individuals overlook and don’t take advantage of. In my experience I have found that by adopting these strategies, the productivity levels will significantly increase; you will be able to get the same amount of work done and still have some precious time left to spend with your loved ones and truly take advantage of your social life. And while the hard workers will believe you’ve started working late, in reality, you’ll feel like this is as easy as it gets.
1. Avoid staying up late.
The longer an individual stays up, the lower the efficiency levels become. Even coffee or energy drinks won’t help him/her too much. As a matter of fact, these are just short-term solutions given the fact that the human body will eventually build up tolerance. And that means that the person will have to drink more and more coffee just to be able to keep it up. And that’s when people start to get tired and feel burnt out and when their focus shifts from doing a quality job to getting the job done as fast as possible.
Instead of doing this, make sure you get to bed early and wake up early in the morning. And as soon as the sun is up, make sure to get your blood rushing and your adrenaline pumping by doing some stretching, jogging or going to the gym. People hate waking up when it’s dark outside. It’s a fact. But going to sleep early and getting a sound seven-hour sleep will certainly help a lot. Another problem with staying up late is that at some point in time the body will certainly crash.
And individuals who constantly stay up late will feel fatigued and tired day after day, while their energy levels will diminish. In turn, their productivity and efficiency levels will register a significant fall as well. In order to be productive, our bodies need a good amount of time to rest. If you think you can beat fatigue, you are in for a surprise. It’s certainly an uphill battle you will lose.
Life is so much better and work is definitely more fun when you are motivated. And when you are sleep-deprived, you will start to lose motivation and gather all sorts of negative emotions. Therefore, make sure you get to bed early and take on the most important tasks of the day early in the morning. It’s a proven fact that individuals are most efficient during the early hours of the day. So why not advantage of them to the fullest?
2. Also, make sure to stack your meetings.
When you are planning your day, you should probably start removing as many time wasters as possible. Most of these small time wasters will add up to 30 or 45 extra minutes you could use to invest in your daily tasks. And while the time will not suffice in order to be able to perform another task on the list, it will damage the efficiency levels for the rest of the day.
To solve this problem you can start tracking how long your usual meetings take. Once you pretty much have a good idea of the time you spend per meeting, you are free to plan them one after the other. If you require more time to prepare before the next meeting takes place, allocate a short period of time to do that, but don’t be too generous.
In most cases individuals plan for much more time than they actually need. And this means they usually spend one or two hours daily by not doing anything productive. Most of these individuals argue that this time is usually set aside in case something unexpected happens during meeting.. While some may understand it, being late to a meeting is not worth sacrificing 728 hours of their year.
3. Take good care of yourself.
While it doesn’t take much time to take good care of yourself, most times the mental and the physical well-being are overlooked. In fact, a healthy living can lead to saving up time. How? It’s simple. Individuals become more productive and energized throughout the day and they are able to maintain their focus levels high for longer periods of time.
Some people believe that eating a couple of large meals translates into saved time, but in fact this leads to the well-known “food comas” – the fatigue people feel after eating a large meal. Similarly, when people are asked whether they meditate, they respond they do not have the time to do it.
However, if you ask people who practice meditation only a few minutes daily, they say that it improves their efficiency levels. Most people use time or lack thereof as an excuse to not take care of themselves. Yet they focus on short-term benefits. The fact of the matter is that individuals who face the challenge with a long-term perspective will be the one who are more likely to register success.