8 Tips to Maximize Your Workday

You spend much of your time at work. And in that context, you have deliverables, which are goals you must achieve to produce a desired outcome. To travel the distance to your goal as quickly as possible, you must “milk” each workday for all it’s worth.

Here are 8 tips to help you maximize your workday.

1. Breakup Your Projects

When you’re working on big projects, break them up into smaller chunks of activities and tasks. Your goal is to take small steps forward consistently. Breaking up your projects in “bite-size” activities and tasks prevents you from feeling overwhelmed, and those smaller activities and tasks are easier to fit into your schedule. Each activity or task allows you to take a small step forward.

2. Make Your List

Prepare a list of the activities and tasks you must get done during your workday. The list serves as a guide for your day. It prevents you from squandering your energy performing random activities and from wasting time trying to remember what to do next. When writing your list, you want to make sure you’re not unrealistic of the number of activities you can perform during your day. Thus, you want to leave breathing space for yourself.

When writing your list, make sure you list a realistic number of activities and tasks to perform during your workday: leave breathing space for yourself.

3. Put First Things First

Give priority to your most important activities. High-priority activities are those that yield the highest return on your efforts. They help you move closer to your most important goal. High-priority activities should never be neglected because of trivial ones.

4. Get to Work

When it’s time to work, work. Don’t procrastinate.

5. Focus on Your Work

When you’re performing an activity, give it your full attention. As the Chinese proverbs say—and I’m paraphrasing here—avoid chasing two rabbits at the same time; you’ll catch neither.

Resists the assaults of distractions and interruptions. If you must deal with an interruption, deal with it swiftly, and get back to work. If it’s a distraction, ignore it. And if it’s something you must come back to at a later time, take a few seconds to jot it down, and get right back to work.

6. Match Your Activities and Your Energy Level

Your energy fluctuates during the day. As a general rule, tackle your more demanding tasks when your energy level is higher.

Avoid using the time when you feel the freshest to do menial, routine tasks. Use that time for activities that demand more from you. Then, when your energy level is lower, you can tackle easier, as in less demanding, activities.

7. Leverage the Expertise of Others

Don’t waste time, trying to figure everything out on your own. There are others who are willing and able to help you perform your activities faster. When you’re stuck, don’t hesitate to tap into the experience and expertise of your colleagues and other resource persons.

8. Take Breaks

Insert short breaks in between your work sessions to give yourself a chance to recover. Like working out at the gym, do a “set” of work and then take a short break. Forget about the work for a few minutes to refresh and then get back to work.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.