Create and stick to a routine
“We are creatures of habit, and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don’t have to ‘think’ about the task – or prepare for it – as much, and can work on autopilot,” says Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach, speaker, and author.
Take breaks often in your workday
On average, your brain is able to remain focused for only 90 minutes, and then you need at least 15 minutes of rest. (The phenomenon is based on ultradian rhythms.) By taking breaks roughly every 90 minutes, you allow your mind and body to renew–and be ready to fire off another 90-minute period of high activity.
Taking a big project and breaking it into smaller parts
Science shows “that placing importance on hours and physical presence over action and results leads to a culture of inefficiency (and anxiety).” Let’s say you are updating your CRM. Instead of looking at the amount of time that you spent updating that, why not break it up into 10 at a time and while you input them you send a nice email to reach out, make notes and schedule a card to get out in the mail this week. Look at all you will have accomplished that is moving you closer to your goal than simply updating a CRM.
One way to assist you with measuring results instead of time is by generating done lists. This is simply an ongoing log of everything you completed in a day
“Time Theming” is a great way to avoid decision fatigue
Vardy reports that “theming your months, weeks and days gives you less to think about when you’re trying to decide what to do because that given time has already been given some sort of thematic value.” Time Theming can also be used to help ensure work-life balance. For instance, every Friday could be themed “friends day” and every Saturday could be themed “family day.” By theming the different priorities into your weeks or months, people can have more freedom and flexibility to finally start creating a work-life balance that fulfills them.
Schedule your week to work in a Coworking space sometime during the week
What does that look like? It’s different based on individual needs but plans at least 20% of your workweek at a Coworking space. If you are unsure how it could work for you, consider your calendar and actually put it on your schedule each week what days/hours you will be working at your favorite Coworking space (of course, we want that to be CoWork Landing).
This will allow you to get out of your normal environment into a collaborative space and work alongside other professionals. Starbucks and Panera are just not the same, are they? Inevitably there is a mom’s group with all their precious 3 yr olds running around or worse, you get caught listening in on a first date (Starbucks are ripe with those). We can help you with that here at CoWork Landing! We would actually love to help you with that!