The secret to overcoming psychological fatigue at work could simply be to stay calm. In fact, there’s scientific proof that keeping your composure reaps big benefits in the long run.
Do you ever wish you had more time to do everything? Have you had days that were busy but inefficient? Would you like to be highly productive, feel accomplished at the end of each day, with even time to spare?
The following are ten tips to help master your time, excerpted from my book (click on title): “The Seven Keys to Life Success”, and interspersed with thoughtful quotes, many of which from well-known, successful individuals who have (obviously) made good use of their time. Read more
By Osman H. Abraham
Becoming productive is the first step to becoming successful.
So if you truly desire success you have to begin by working on becoming a more productive person.
These are the 4 methods to productivity which I found really helpful and hopefully they will help you too. Read more
It can be hard to stay focused and productive at the best of times. But when you’re feeling low – whether that’s physically or emotionally – then it can seem almost impossible to concentrate.
Maybe you have a daunting number of things to get done … but you can’t seem to summon up the energy to tackle any of them. You might end up doing something totally counter-productive: procrastinating, or tackling the easy, unimportant tasks, or even driving yourself to tears.
Here’s how to keep yourself on track:
#1: Make a List of Tasks
This is a classic time-management technique … because it really works.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, sit down and write a clear list of tasks. What do you need to do today? What could you put off for a few days if necessary?
The act of writing down the list means that:
- You’ll get clarity. Instead of thinking “I must do something about Project X” you’ll have a clear action step like “Phone John about Project X”.
- You won’t worry about forgetting to do things.
- You can see what really has to be done – and it’s usually not so bad as you imagined!
- You’ll be able to check off each item as you complete it, which can be very satisfying.
#2: Take a Real Break
When you’re feeling low or struggling with your work, it’s tempting to take a break and surf the net or zone out in front of the television. You might feel bad about being “unproductive” – and end up trying to force yourself to do chores.
If you need a break, then take one – and make it something truly recharging. Grab a shower, take a long bath, or even have a nap. Give yourself a real break from what you’re working on, and you’ll find your motivation returning.
#3: Avoid Dwelling on Negative Thoughts
Have you ever started feeling a bit down … and ended up making yourself more and more unhappy? It’s all too easy to get trapped in a spiral of negative thoughts.
If you catch yourself thinking something negative, like “I’m so stupid – how could I have made such a dumb mistake?” or “I’m really bad at managing my time” then stop. Look at your task list and pick something to focus on. Start working steadily through it, and you’ll find that those upsetting thoughts fade away.
#4: Find Something to Look Forward To
When life seems like all work and no play, it’s easy to feel down. Plan a treat for yourself, maybe next weekend. You might:
- Book tickets to see a movie
- Arrange to meet up with a friend for coffee
- Pick a “date night” to spend with your partner
On a day-to-day basis, you can find things to look forward to as well. This might be as simple as watching an episode of your favorite television program in the evening, or buying a novel that you’ve been meaning to read.
#5: Play Some Music
Sometimes, small tweaks can make a big difference. If you’re ploughing through a mundane task – like answering emails or doing the dishes – then put on some great music.
Fast, energetic tracks can boost your energy levels and help you work faster; slower, more contemplative tracks are great if you want to feel calm and relaxed.
#6: Take Care of Your Health
Finally, however busy you are, it’s important to find time for your health. If you’re feeling physically and/or emotionally low, you can often pick yourself up by:
- Getting enough sleep – most people need at least seven hours.
- Eating sensibly – don’t go for hours between means, and avoid high-sugar snacks that play havoc with your energy levels.
- Exercising regularly – this not only helps you stay fit and manage your weight, it’s also great for your mental health.