How many times have you been caught out in the rain without an umbrella? In the Seattle area, that happens a lot! Although some of us enjoy a rainy day, if it happens when you’re heading to a big meeting or presentation where you want to look and feel your best, it might put a damper on your day (pun intended).
Or maybe you’re ready to head out for a morning walk or run but can’t find what you might need to stay warm on a chilly day? Will that stop you from getting out for your walk or run?
With a little pre-planning, like keeping a small umbrella with you in your car or bag, or organizing your workout gear so you can find what you need when you need it, you’ll enjoy yourself more and feel less stress while still accomplishing what you set out to do.
The same principles can be applied to organizing your day or your space at work. By spending a few minutes each morning planning for your day, you’ll be more prepared to complete your priority work.
Routines save time and energy
A few strategies we teach our clients include using beginning and end of day routines at work, like processing your Email and prioritizing your tasks each morning, and tidying your desk and reviewing tomorrow’s calendar at the end of each day. This takes away the stress and unpredictability of your day, sets you up for success and helps you to be more productive. You can also use routines at home to help reduce the stress of getting out of the house each morning.
Also, planning out ahead of time how much time it will take to accomplish what you’re hoping to achieve, including prep time, commute time, and transition time before starting your next task is another productivity strategy that will save you time and energy.
How can strategies like beginning and end of day routines help you to be more productive and get more done in less time? What routines can you add to your day that will help ensure you have what you need when you need it so you’re not caught unprepared? Do you have a morning or evening routine that helps you to feel more productive and prepared? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
If we can be a resource to you by sharing other strategies to help you get more time and productivity in your day, contact us and ask about our business consulting and training programs or our virtual productivity program, “It’s About Time”. By adding an organized approach into your day, your energy and results will soar.