When the countdown is on, and there’s a deadline looming, it often seems like the whole world is making a concerted effort to slow you down. And short of moving your bed into the office, there’s very little you can do to fill those reqs in time. Thankfully, just a few small changes to how you handle your work means that you don’t need to worry about bringing pillows to work.
1. Drink less coffee
Sacrilege! Surely we’re not suggesting that you cut down on your absolutely necessary daily intake of caffeine?
Actually, yes we are. While many of us live for that first morning cup, too much of a good thing (and coffee is a very good thing) can have a negative impact on your productivity.
Taking a breather from work (more on that later) is wonderful for keeping your mind focused, but if that breather involves copious cups of coffee, then you could find yourself becoming reliant on its effects. This can then affect your quality of sleep which in turn leads to the need for more coffee to stay alert throughout the day.
Too muchcaffeine can also affect your anxiety levelsespecially if you’re already under a lot of pressure. So drinking bottomless cups of java when up against the clock might not be the best way to get the job done after all.
2. Work at home on Sunday!
So right about now you’re probably thinking that there’s something seriously wrong at vsource HQ. First, we tell you to cut down on your coffee and now this! Bear with us though; we do have a good reason for this one.
You see, everybody hates Mondays, right? You’ve just had a great weekend, and then along comes the first day of the week bringing with it a ton of work that you really should have finished off on Friday. And if you’ve had a wonderfully lazy Sunday then getting back into the right frame of mind for work can take quite some time.
But set aside an hour or two on Sunday afternoon or evening to plan the week ahead, and without even realising it, you’ve just completely changed your mindset. In fact, we’ll even go so far as to say that if you get into the habit of doing this, you’ll find yourself eager to get into the office on Monday to get started on your tasks. You know what they say; a good start is half the battle (and Monday mornings really can be a battle).
3. Use time slots for checking email
According to a survey carried out by Adobe, employees spend as much as30 hours a week checking their email. That’s six hours a day which is quite astounding when you think about it.
So to avoid going down that particular productivity-draining rabbit hole, it’s a good idea to have specific time slots during the day for checking your emails. Spend 20 minutes three times a day checking and replying to your emails and those six hours are whittled down to just one.