Millennial Tips: How to make the most out of your workday
Whether you’re sitting at your office desk or working from home, here’s a small compilation of useful tips to help you increase your productivity and make the most of your average workday.
Set micro-goals for yourself. Start the day by putting together a clear mental or physical list of the micro-goals you aim to complete within the next working hours. Be as specific and task-oriented as possible in order to keep close track of your progress and prevent forgetfulness.
Categorize instead of just prioritizing. Jumping back and forth between disparate tasks won’t yield you optimal results but can very well lead to a waste of time and potential. Get rid of your stress/perpetual sense of urgency by categorizing your tasks into homogeneous or analogous bits and proceeding with your work accordingly.
Go the extra mile. Try digging below the immediate surface of the daily tasks you are given in order to see what can be enhanced or simply be inspired, even when you think you don’t have enough time on your hands. This will help revitalize your mind and energy, notably if you work in the creative field.
Seize collaboration opportunities. Working alone can be get quite immersive, to the point where you forget how helpful and insightful a coalition of skills/viewpoints can be. Seek collective action/brainstorming whenever possible in order to breathe a fresh perspective into your routine and maybe get things done faster at times.
Take breaks. In order to maintain a motivated spirit and recharge your energy, you need to entertain yourself every now and then by slightly disconnecting from the task at hand and wandering/scrolling around. This does not only help you relax but could also give way for your imagination/bring you unexpected inspiration.
Evaluate. It is important to keep mental track of your progress at the end of a workday in order to both position yourself in relation to the task at hand/deadline and build a quick idea of how the next day should be spent. Do not be hard yourself. Instead, train yourself to adopt a realistic, pragmatic and solution-oriented approach, no matter how hard it gets at work!