If your goal for the new year is to be more productive and manage your time better, you’ve come to the right place! There are so many ways to get your head in the game, boost your brain power and get everything on your to-do list done. Here’s how to increase brain power and memory. These tips help you get more done!
Manage your email inbox
A lot of people we’ve spoken to admit that their email is the number one source of stress. If your inbox is full of newsletters you can get rid of them using the Unroll.me service. They won’t clog up your inbox, and you can locate them later on the website to read them.
Struggling to manage your time? Set aside an hour to address emails and use Boomerang to bounce emails to you during that hour.
When it’s all getting too much you can mute your email. This is genius if you’re added to an email conversation or a chain of emails that you don’t actually need to see. You can mute the conversation in Gmail and it will skip your inbox until you locate it in ‘all emails’ and unmute it.
Write down distractions
We’re all prone to distractions. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, a juicy article. They can suck precious time away from us. That’s why it’s a great idea to start a distraction pad. On your phone or computer, copy the link of anything that distracts you close it and come back to it later.
You can also use Pocket to collect articles and websites that you want to read later.
Edit your work environment
Make sure the area you’re working in is fit for work. If you work from home, make sure your home office is light with air and plants and brings inspiration to you. It shouldn’t be too hot, or too busy, and don’t be afraid to stand while you work. In the office, make sure your desk isn’t cluttered and schedule regular breaks.
At lunch, shut your computer and tell your co-workers you’re going out for lunch. It’s important to get away from your working space to get some clarity.
Use the must, should, want method
Try Jay Shirley’s must, should, want method. Ask yourself three questions and categorize everything you’re working on by the answers. This might help you be more productive with everything you have to do.
- What must I do to create the most impact today?
- What should I do to build a better future?
- What do I want to do so that I may enjoy today and life more completely?
For example, your must for the day might be work tasks, your should for the day could be savings and your want could be planning a party.
Give yourself a contract
Some people swear by using a personal contract to hold themselves accountable for goals. Things that are easy to fail like getting fit, or learning a language can be simpler by using a contract.
It sounds strange, but entering into a contract with yourself might be the boost you need. You need to outline your aims and objectives, give yourself a time period and sign and date it. Some people even put in clauses of things they have to do if they fail, for example, if they fail they have to donate money.
Do a power pose every morning
As Amy Cuddy said, body language is important. Power posing helps you to get in the right frame of mind for the day. Stand with your legs apart, put your hands on your hips and pose for five seconds. Visualize your day and tell yourself that you’re going to accomplish everything you’ve set out to.
This will give you a huge boost of confidence and help you to embrace power and dominance at work.
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