Work can feel like you’re running on an endless hamster wheel, never crossing the finish line of things to do. With only 24 hours a day, how do you invent more time within the day? You may find that you are simply mismanaging the hours in the day. Luckily, we have some tips that will help you get more done in less time.
Rejuvenate Your Mindset
A lot of people joke about having a case of the Mondays or the struggle of getting past the 3:00 pm slump. While these jokes are relatable and funny, attitude can be a real roadblock in our minds. Your outlook on a project may determine how productive you are on it. That’s why it’s important to recenter your mind at the beginning of a new work day.
Mike Vardy, founder of Productivityist, spent twelve years at Harvard University, which helped him become an expert on the connection between success and happiness. Vardy found that a positive brain is 31% more productive than a negative brain. Positive people are essential in the workplace because they work better on teams, have a broadened viewpoint, and have increased personal productivity.
How do you become more positive at work if you’re not generally an optimist? Start with reframing your viewpoint on specific projects or tasks. What are the aspects you enjoy about it? How does this task benefit you and others around you? If you’re stressed about getting a task done, think of that adrenaline as a focus enhancer. If you’ve been working on this project for awhile, what is a new way you could tackle it?
And as silly as it sounds, try smiling to yourself. Research has found that this simple expression can relieve stress.