How many times have you psyched yourself in the morning to accomplish a multitude of tasks but ended up wondering where the whole day went? All it takes is one email, one phone call, one Facebook notification, or one hello from a colleague you haven’t spoken to in a long time to disrupt your daily schedule. One seemingly harmless slip can cause you to be backlogged on your tasks until you end up rescheduling them for the next day or even cancelling them altogether.
There’s a smarter and better way to get more things done every day, and you don’t even need to take drastic measures. Here are some simple steps you can take each day to make sure that you accomplish all of your tasks and more!
Get Enough Sleep
If you have 8 to 9 hours of sleep, you will wake up refreshed and well-rested as opposed to being rudely woken up by the alarm clock and snoozing it ten times straight. When you wake up happy and relaxed, you can look at the day ahead with a calm and positive outlook no matter how much you have to accomplish. Just having the right disposition can help you tackle the tasks of the day.
Eat a Breakfast Fit for a King
Don’t skip the first and most important meal of the day. You need your fuel to function and remain sharp and energized. You can have a cup of coffee for that jolt of energy, but the effect will wind down quickly.
Have a piece of toast instead. Or make yourself a sandwich. Why not have a bowl of cereal while you’re at it? If you don’t have time to sit down and have a proper breakfast, just munch on fruits. Choose crunchy and watery ones, like apples and pears. You can also have berries and citrusy fruits because they are rich in complex carbs.
Set Achievable Goals
You are aware that a day only has 24 hours, right? Don’t expect to finish a week’s worth of tasks in just a day. What you can do instead is plan the day ahead and do the tasks in order of importance. Have a checklist and tick off items on it as you complete them.
If you know other people can handle a task, don’t hesitate to delegate. This will give you more time to do other things. You can assign other people to attend the meeting while you finish up the report. You can ask the kids to set the table or prepare the salad while you make the dressing. You not only end up hitting two birds with one stone. You also empower your co-workers. You also make your kids feel like a grown-up helping with the household chores (well, you can try).
Put your phone on silent. Log out of your social media accounts. Stay invisible on Skype. Shut the door. Make sure that you devote some uninterrupted hours for the most important tasks of the day. Avoid distractions and save them for later, when you have done everything that needs to be done.