WITH THE official end of summer just a few
weeks away, many of us are now faced with
returning to a regular work schedule. The problem is that our minds are still on vacation with
thoughts of lazy afternoons and
barbecues. This does nothing to
help our productivity.
Here are five tips to help you
get back in the work groove, even
if you’d rather be at the beach.
Make lists. First thing in the
morning, make a list of everything you need to do for the day—
even the small stuff. This is most
effective if you write it on paper instead of entering it on your smartphone. Make multiple lists if
you need to. This will result in more things being
checked off. Studies have shown that checking
things off a list keeps people motivated to do the
Celebrate small achievements. Set small,
attainable goals to complete throughout the
day—everything from making sales calls to fin-
ishing a report. Then take some time to reward
yourself when each goal is reached. Get a cup
of coffee, go for a short walk or read something
that isn’t work-related—whatever you feel you
deserve (within reason, of course).
Stick to the easy stuff. A long list of tasks can
be over whelming and discourag-
ing, resulting in very little being
accomplished. If you start with
the easy tasks first, you’ll feel
better about yourself and your
ability to take on tougher jobs.
Mix things up. Many people
fall into a routine, both at home
and at work. Breaking that rou-
tine, even just once in a while,
can give you a fresh perspective and renewed
energy. Perhaps you can work from home, change
your hours or simply hold meetings in an uncon-
Group work. Surrounding yourself with others, even those who may also feel unmotivated,
can lift the whole group. Keep it light and fun.
Get people laughing. Try some word games or
company trivia before getting down to business.
Sometimes the best way to improve productivity
is to think less about being productive. C
Finding your work groove
Marc Gordon is a recognized
marketing expert, speaker
and strategist. Visit marc
gordon.ca or marctv.net for
more business tips.
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