We all have good days and bad days when it comes to being productive and knocking out that to-do list. But sometimes you just feel stuck. That feeling and lack of motivation can put a strain on your mental health. The secret to being productive every day is in your ability to determine how your time breaks down, set goals that best utilize the time you have available, and know when you need to step back and take a break before burnout sets in.
- Recognize the value of long-term and short-term planning. If you tackle all your work in one day, don’t expect it to be the best quality you can produce. By using short-term and long-term planning, you can break larger projects into manageable tasks and help move yourself closer to your goals each day.
- Prioritize your tasks. Set your goals and prioritize them into a manageable list of tasks. Make sure your short-term goals are challenging enough to keep the momentum moving forward and keep the long-term goals within reach.
- Focus on getting organized. Organization is crucial to your success. Avoid clutter, keep your work together, and avoid getting bogged down in the details that slow your progress.
- Make a point to manage your time. It’s always better to tackle the difficult tasks while your energy is at its peak. Save the easier tasks for when you start to feel fatigued. Learn to take short breaks to give yourself a chance to recharge and keep an eye out for the warning signs of burnout.
- Make the most of your leisure time. You need time for recreation so that you can tackle your responsibilities with a renewed vigor. With the right balance, your leisure time can actually make you more productive.
If you’re still struggling with productivity or performance at work, check in on your mental health. BCBSKS members with behavioral health benefits through New Directions can get support with finding in-network doctors, locating community resources, and defining and achieving goals when it comes to mental health.
Source: Life Advantages – Author Delvina Miremadi ©2020