I love to think about ways to increase my productivity. To get the maximum amount of work from the least amount of time.
In order to do this one must have a great degree of self-awareness in themselves about how they work best and in what environment that one best thrives in.
I think two things of the most important things to take into consideration are this:
- What time of the day do you work the best?
- What kind of environment do you best work in?
For me I am the absolutely best in the morning. When I am studying, I do my best work in the morning, first up. When I am writing, the bulk of my work gets done first thing. When I have a project to finish, I will be the most productive and efficient if I do it first thing.
So I set up my mornings to enable this. I have a strict morning routine. Most days I have to go to work, so work dictates how my schedule runs. However on the other days where I have projects, writing, or business to do, I keep my mornings clear from social engagements and I get stuck straight into work. The time from 6am-10am is precious prime brain time for me. I do triple the work I would do in this time frame than I would at any other time. So I guard this time strictly when I have work I need to get done.
My environment. I am the kind of person who likes to work solitary with no distractions. I do not like background music. I do not like noise. I do not enjoy the company of another person working beside me. That distracts me. I work best in a solitary room that is dead quiet. That is where I do my best work. This is the environment I set up for myself when I am studying or writing. Knowing this about myself I set up my study to be just that. I make sure that when I am writing and studying that surprise visitors are NOT welcome. And if certain people who like to sometimes work from home pop their head in on a frequent basis to enlighten me with random facts such as ‘I think I’ll take up swimming,’ ‘My muscles are sore,’ or ‘Smashed my run this morning’ one more time, I may buy that one-bedroom unit in the city and set up office after all.
These are just two examples of things that increase my productivity. I keep my mornings (that I have off work) free when I have business and writing to do. In that precious time from 6-10am I get more work done in four hours than I would in a 8 hour period at any other time. Also I work from home, in my study, in dead silence with no distractions.
You may be completely opposite to me! Perhaps you work best at night with music blaring. Perhaps you are somewhere in between.
However you need to figure this out and when you do make no apologies for it.
Self-awareness and the courage to set up healthy boundaries in your life will increase your productivity more than you can imagine.
To reign in life is to be intentional about your time and use it in the most resourceful way.
What are some ways that you increase your productivity? I would love to know.
You are deeply loved and richly cherished.
Dr Christine Greenwood
Reign in life
Wink: Greenie works best with background music (very annoying) and he also takes AGES to set up and plan for his working day. By the time he has ‘set up’ I have already done an hours worth of work. However he can keep going for A L O T longer while I take little breaks to wee and get watered and fed. So in the end it all evens out I guess. He is however A L O T less solitary than me. So he frequently ‘pops’ in uninvited to my working space to enlighten me with very unhelpful updates about his day. It definitely tests my patients A L O T.