Four tips for executives to supercharge their productivity
Whether you are in a management position or as an entrepreneur, one thing is certain – you’re most likely spreading yourself thin between a long list of tasks.
As an executive, you have a lot on your plate, and your workday often includes putting out fires while trying to do the tasks that no one else can.
At the end of the day, you’re exhausted, and the only thing that can soothe you is a hot shower and a warm bed. But just because you are in an executive position, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on your well-being or personal life.
By supercharging your productivity, the tasks that take so much of your time today can be done in a fraction of the time tomorrow. Here are a few tips to help you get started on the path of super-productivity.
1) Set aside time for yourself
It may feel counterintuitive to find more time on an already brimming schedule, but hear us out before you dismiss the idea.
The human brain is not designed to be constantly connected and plugged in. We need to allow the mind to wander aimlessly, at least a few times a day, to reset our focus and think more clearly (as proven by scientific studies). This is why well-being specialists recommend a 10-minute break every hour (without a smartphone or other devices!).
2) Do the work(out)
Most successful people find time to move and exercise because they know physical exercise is essential for good brain function. This can be anything from regularly going to the gym to taking a walk or going on a bike ride every other day. Also, it helps to move around after you’ve been sitting at a desk for a couple of hours.
When you exercise, you have the time to let your mind wander and allow the spark of creativity to ignite. That’s because the brain receives a fresh dose of oxygen while releasing some feel-good hormones associated with exercise. So, whenever you feel your brain is foggy, find ways to move your body for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Quick tip: If you want real results, you have to be consistent with your movement routine. Also, you may want to buy a standing desk – it is said to improve productivity by a significant amount.
3) Hire competent help
While there may be tasks only you can do, the majority of things on your to-do list can be taken care of by a reliable executive assistant. However, many executives don’t seem to be able to find a person they’d deem reliable and entrust with tasks.
Still, more often than not, the problem is twofold. First, talented executive assistants are genuinely a bit difficult to find. And second, the executives have a tough time relinquishing control and entrusting that other people will do a stellar job.
So, to fix this problem and increase your productivity, you need to learn how to effectively use an executive assistant without being overly prescriptive and controlling.
4) Use digital tools
Nowadays, there’s an app for almost anything you want to do, especially when it comes to productivity. For instance, if you want to see if you’re using your time in the most productive way, you should find an app that monitors your daily activities.
At the end of your monitoring period, you’ll have an accurate idea of how you spend your day and if there’s anything you can improve (usually there is). You may also learn more about how to manage your energy since productivity is not just about the time at your disposal but also about how energetic and motivated you are throughout the day.
Get your mind and body working in sync
True productivity can happen only when your mind and body work in sync. So, if there’s anything you take from today’s tips is that you should learn how to create time for yourself even when work is crazy busy.
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