Eight hours a day, 5 days a week is a long time.
After a while, you start to feel like the days blur together.
Say goodbye to boring meetings and the afternoon slump.
I’ve uncovered 3 secrets from business professionals to boost your mood and keep you on track.
All you have to do is sit back and take it all in (oh and try not to miss throwing your time down the drain).
I know it may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes to free your mind, and your time, you have to eliminate some of the choices in both.
Hear me out: how long do you spend in the morning trying to pick an outfit?
If it’s long enough to squeeze in breakfast or a morning walk, you’ve already wasted time before you even left the house.
You can’t expect your workday to be any more productive if you start off that way.
Americans are notorious for wanting the freedom to choose.
It’s even in our Constitution that we can choose what we say, what we believe, and what we do.
So why would you listen to me as I tell you to eliminate all those choices?
Because the choices you’re thinking about are unimportant.
While you may think the color of your shirt is paramount, I promise you what you could be getting done in the time it takes to make that decision is so much more valuable.
For example, a senior banking executive that worked 23 years in the business attributes his success, and peace of mind, to one thing: white shirts.
He says that every day he wore a white shirt.
By eliminating the option to choose a different shirt color, he eliminated the choice of a tie, or pants, because everything matched his white shirt.
In the time he saved, he was able to start his day with a nutritious breakfast, and he got to work on time (or even early).
Now I don’t expect you to throw away your entire wardrobe in the name of productivity, but you should be more aware of how much time you’re spending doing things (chances are that time is being unnecessarily wasted).
The three tips I’ve scrounged from business professionals across the globe are guaranteed to ensure you have a happier and more productive day.
Eliminate time-consuming decisions.
Like only wearing a white shirt, you can cut time spent choosing frivolous things.
Instead of spending 20 minutes at your desk deciding where to go to lunch, pack a lunch in the morning.
Not only is it more cost-effective, but you can now spend those wasted 20 minutes elsewhere.
These choices may make you feel good or in control of your life, but in reality, they take up too much of your valuable time.
Eliminate unnecessary choices where you can, and you’ll find extra free time you didn’t even know existed.
Stick to a routine.
By planning out your day, the chances of excess time in between to be bored or unproductive diminishes.
If you’re not sure you want to go to the gym, plan one day a week where you go no matter what.
That way, you get in your workout (the release of endorphins will leave you energized and happy), and you haven’t wasted time deciding.
The same goes for getting work done or maneuvering through your to-do list.
If you don’t leave room for questionable choices, and follow your routine, you’ll feel 100% more accomplished at the end of the day.
These tips are supposed to make your days more fun, and organizing is not fun.
But if you dedicate a few minutes each day to plan out your routine, and perhaps make a list of goals, you can neatly accomplish everything you set out to do.
A messy workspace or cluttered agenda can cause unnecessary stress and make you spend more time on tasks than you should.
Spend 5 minutes each morning making a to-do list or organizing information you may need throughout the day.
You’ll work faster and more efficiently without cumbersome thoughts in your way.
With these 3 tips, you can take back your day from wasting time and inefficient work.
By motoring through your workday, you can better enjoy time at home that’s meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating.