It is very easy to procrastinate on taking a break or going outdoors particularly when we are comfortable in our home offices. Nevertheless, this approach often erodes on our personal productivity. There is always that one more innocent email that needs our attention or that Twitter message that requires a reply.
If you agree that time is money and the more effective you are in your company, the higher your profits, here are 7 ways to enhance your productivity.
Don’t skip lunch.
Most online business people operate their business from their home offices. Usually, they often skip lunch since they are too lazy to buy lunch or prepare lunch at home. Or else, some have the practice of taking a late lunch which impedes on their productivity as they have delayed taking a break since morning.
Appropriate breaks at intervals throughout the day keeps you alert.
Don’t check your inbox the minute you begin your day.
Doing this the first thing in the morning can spoil your day. It’s much better to leave the checking of your email messages towards the middle part of the early morning or when you have completed your most important priority for the day.
Start with a Checklist.
That trusty checklist is still one of the best ways to manage your time. I would rather make use of legal pad and a paper to plan out the things I have to finish the next day the day before I leave my office. By doing this, the minute I reach my workstation, I’m mentally prepared to work on the most important item on the list. The feeling of accomplishment you will feel when you get to strike out things you have completed is actually priceless.
Taking a break by going for a walk outdoors can keep you refresh. Often, our best ideas come when we are relaxed or out on long walks.
Have a good diet.
It’s essential to keep a well-balanced diet particularly when you work from home. Internet business owners are occasionally guilty of consuming way too much ‘junk’ food as they haven’t prepared food for the meals in advance. Eating properly is not only a good health habit but provides much needed ‘fuel’ for your brain to run at its optimal state.
Free up space in your diary daily for reflection.
Time for reflection is actually crucial especially at the end of the day. This enables you to reflect on the things that have worked well for you and you gain a better perspective of your company. Blocking in time for reflection also allows you to weed out the non-productive activities which you can either delegate or eliminate.
Aim to clear your inbox
If you can, aim to clear your inbox to zero every single day. Don’t leave messages that you can act on immediately till the next business day. This may ‘snowball’ your work and also makes it hard to stay on top of the game.