This is even truer towards the end of the year, when we have sporadic days off, and all that’s on our mind is surviving another family dinner. No Interruptions Day typically falls on the last real workday of the year, December 30, so you can close out the year with a bang. It’s a day dedicated to getting stuff done and managing the chaos that is the modern workplace.
Whether it’s the official day or you just want to focus up on the job before the new year, here are some easy tips.
Make a Real To-Do List
Some of us are perennial to-do listers and cross everything off with ease. For the rest of us, we make the novice mistake of putting a million things down at the start of the day and then barely getting through half of them.
Let’s get real for one day and make the list reasonable and achievable. Put the hardest things at the top and get them done first. The rest will follow after that, and with everything in the right order, you’ll make crushing the goals of the day look easy!
Identify Your Distractors
Before you can create a fix, you need to figure out how you’re getting off-task in the office. Everyone has their own distinct distractors, and they can be the bane of productivity in the workplace. Some we can’t control, like that chatty coworker, but others we can.
Maybe you get distracted because your desk is cluttered with old memos, receipts, candy wrappers, and other stuff. If so, it’s a super easy fix with desk sets that keep things neat and tidy. With everything in its rightful place, you can focus more on the task at hand and less on where your earbuds are.
Focus for Just Five Minutes
Sometimes just getting started can be the hardest part of being productive. It feels like you have to just dive in and you get overwhelmed all at once. You don’t have to feel that way if you take it one step at a time. Having a super productive day is all about building up momentum and getting little things done that lead up to one big achievement.
Don’t be scared—try plugging in and cranking it out for just five minutes. Whether you like listening to your workout playlist at your desk or enjoy the muffled hum of white noise, commit to plug in and jam out some solid work for five minutes. The rest will follow after that!
If you’re hardwired to expect a reward for everything you do, go ahead and promise a little after-work treat! Whether it’s happy hour with the buds or going shopping for new cute bags, make it worth it. Work comes first, of course, but the day will fly by if there’s a carrot (or margarita) at the end of the stick.
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