The coffee pot is empty, the sunshine is starting to wane, and your workload is still jam-packed. It’s the end of the day and, unless you do something fast, the end of your productivity.
What will it take to reach your full potential in the final hours? Try these four tips to stay on track and at your best:
- Eliminate distractions—even the small ones. Log out of Facebook, pause that podcast, and get in the zone. Think it’s not a big deal? A study by Michigan State University shows that even a three-second interruption can double the rate of errors in your work.
- Map out your to-do list. If you feel a little paralyzed by the amount on your plate, take two minutes to itemize and prioritize each task. Forbes cites advice by Tony Robbins, “arguably the foremost motivational speaker and personal development coach, says: ‘A major source of stress in our lives comes from the feeling that we have an impossible number of things to do. If you take on a project and try to do the whole thing all at once, you’re going to be overwhelmed.’”
- Take pride in your work. Reminding yourself of the importance of what you’re doing (whether great or small) can refuel your motivation. Research shows that recognizing your work as significant and/or beneficial to others can improve your morale and incentive, boosting end-of-day productivity.
- Work hard! You knew we’d get to this at some point. Stop surfing the web, put your nose to the grindstone, and get stuff done! You were hired for a reason—you can do this.
Bonus: Give a status report. Chances are you may still have a few things left unfinished when the clock strikes five. If the project involves others, consider sending a quick update on where you are. It will save time tomorrow when you try to regroup and get the momentum going again.
This post is intentionally short—so you can read it, heed it, and keep checking off your list. Now go be awesome.