6 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR PRODUCTIVITY
JUN 08 2017
Looking to channel your inner boss babe, make the most of your time and learn how to work smarter this summer? Follow this checklist to go from "just getting by" to "woah, how did I get all that done?!".
1. Designate specific times to check email.
Take five to ten minutes at the top of each hour to read and respond to emails. Rather than constantly refreshing your inbox, decide on specific times where you’re focused on the one job. This way, you’re not distracted during your other work!
2. Organize your workspace.
Not to sound like your mom, but there are serious perks to keeping your space tidy. A clean space leaves fewer potential distractions and more room to lay down your thoughts and ideas! Trust us on this one - sometimes mama really does know best.
3. Pick up the phone.
In our increasingly digital world, it seems a lot of us have developed some sort of aversion to actually *gasp* talking on the phone. If it’s going to take more than two emails to work through a problem, hop on a quick call to talk it through. Phone calls are much faster and way more efficient! And you can always send a quick follow up email to summarize progress.
4. Give your full attention to the task at hand.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but multi-tasking is a myth! More often than not, it translates to doing many things poorly. Focusing all your attention to one task is a surefire way to get it done efficiently and do a stellar job!
5. Use a Kanban board to organize your thoughts.
Visually organizing your tasks and progress is a great way to improve workflow and empower yourself! Sorting your information into categories helps you think more clearly. Plus, it’s a great feeling to move a task into the “done” category. The Six Things team uses Trello for our task management - which basically digitalized the Kanban Board concept and threw in a Slack integration
6. Keep energizing snacks on hand.
Add a quick snack into the mix for a refreshing break. Certain foods, like dark chocolate and bananas, have been proven to increase productivity.