• Tara Humphrey

Entrepreneurship Weekly Insights - Insight 7: Productivity Hacks

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

We all experience days where we feel extremely busy but fail to achieve any tangible outcomes or evidence any progress on our objectives. These 5 steps are simple, highly effective and are guaranteed to boost your productivity if consistently implemented.

Plan it

Plan your day the night before. Spend 15 minutes before you finish work to set your intentions for the next day. This will enable you to start the day knowing exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals, allowing you to jump right into your day proactively and with purpose.

Do it

With your list written or typed out, decide which tasks will take 5 minutes or less and carve out 30 minutes in the morning and/or 30 minutes in the afternoon to do them and get them out of the way. These little tasks are great when you need a rest but still enables you to remain productive.

Schedule it

Some tasks require a lot of head space and time to execute. Here is where scheduling the task in your diary is useful. Choose your most productive time in the day to tackle these tasks. Turn off your phone, close down your email and focus. Before settling down to do this task, also plan some preparation time on a different day to jot some initial ideas or solicit the views of others so you’re not faced with a blank palette when you start on the big day.

Delegate it

I’m sure there are many tasks that could be undertaken by another member of your team. I know this is a hard one and has been discussed before in my posts, but it’s worth repeating. Your time and expertise is valuable. The productive leader delegates!

Take breaks

Regular breaks throughout the day and a lunch break provide you with the much-needed opportunity to step out of your office, refuel and recharge, keeping your mind sharp to continue your day productively.