It is a constant complaint that employees and bosses alike burn out. In a world where not working is simply not an option, it’s important to come up with ways to sustain productivity without burning out.
Today, we discuss some tips to help sustain long-haul productivity for all employees.
1.) Unplug Once A Week
In a world where communication is king, this can be pretty hard to do. However, it is precisely this that robs most people the chance to relax and unwind. You can hardly enjoy your time off when your phone or device is constantly ringing or pinging with the latest notifications about emails or texts.
Give yourself much needed rest and unplug. No emails, no phone calls, no business related things whatsoever. Catch up on your favorite show, take a much needed nap, go do what you’ve been dying to do all work week. It is this chance to recharge that will pump you full of energy for the upcoming Monday.
2.) Color Code Your Calendar
This is more of a visual trick to help keep you organized and efficient. It’s worth the little bit of effort to color code your calendar by business or topic. Got a client visit? Site visit? Long meeting coming up? Vacation time? Assign a color.
This way, when you open up your calendar, you get a visual snapshot of where you’ll be spending your time. Not only is this an effective way to keep track of what you have to do, it gives you a stronger sense of accomplishment when all is done.
3.) Identify Patterns And Improve Your Responses
When you have a lot of traffic in your inbox, it’s best to spot any trends or patterns that seem to persist. If there are, try to come up with better ways to communicate on certain topics or subjects.
For example, if a certain client ends up sending you complex questions by email several times a day, it would be more efficient to set up a face-to-face meeting with them on a recurring basis in order for them to get the answers they need efficiently. When issues are addressed early on, there will be little need for future long meetings.
4.) Treat Your Personal Goals Like You Do Your Professional Ones
When there’s something urgent at work, people in general tend to prioritize it above everything. What ends up happening is that so much effort is allocated toward work that personal things get the short end of the effort stick.
It’s time to treat personal goals on the same wavelength as you do professional goals. For example, if you’ve always wanted to build certain habits, it’s time to make the effort to make it come true. Let’s say you wanted to read a particular book, make a note to read a few chapters each day. If you feel like your relationship is lagging, set up an official date night every other week or so.
It’s the little things that aren’t connected to work that serve as a reminder as to why we work so hard, after all.