Structured and Proactive Work Schedule - Deepstash

Structured and Proactive Work Schedule

Factor in these while planning your work day:

  • Your weaknesses - do you procrastinate when there is a tough task at hand?
  • Your limitations - do you have to be home early to take care of your kids?
  • Your strengths - are you more productive when under pressure?
  • Your habits - are you a morning person?

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Design your workplace with ergonomics in mind.

An ergonomic workstation can boost your productivity. The concept of ergonomics is to design the workplace so as to minimize the physical strain on the worker; you can’t have your work and health hindered by poor workspace settings.

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Examples of some tools that can help you focus better at work:

  • Blocking apps can remove temptations by blocking distracting sites such as Facebook or Netflix.
  • Organization and planning apps help you schedule the day in advance and many of them come with reminders too.
  • Apps that dim all windows except the active ones on your computer screen.
  • There are also apps that help you work in short intense bursts of focus.

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Keep from external distractions
  • Keep your status Busy or Don’t disturb or Out of Office on office chats.
  • Using earplugs can block out distractions.
  • Convey politely yet firmly your work policies to your colleagues.
  • Allow yourself some chit-chat time so that you don’t miss out on socializing and stick to it religiously.

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Try Both Meditation and Music

Meditation improves mindfulness, and mindfulness improves your ability to focus and observe. It is great for your mental and physical health too.

Work and music go hand-in-hand. According to a study, music helps you focus better on your thoughts, but then it has to be the kind of music you like and enjoy.

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  1. Distractions are the biggest threat to doing deep, focused work. When working, avoid switching between tasks, checking emails, or checking your phone. If you can’t address something immediately, let it wait.
  2. Clean and organize your workspace (and even your computer). Since our brains like organization, clutter will drain your focus, mental performance, and productivity and make you stressed and anxious.
  3. To mentally prepare yourself to do your best work, take a few minutes before you start to “get in the zone” with a routine—read an inspiring book, write your goals, take a walk, etc.
  4. To keep your energy levels high all day and increase your endurance, take regular breaks to rest and recover. Just a few minutes every hour or so will help you unlock your deepest work.
  5. When you’re working, do your “big rocks” (your highest-priority tasks that generate the biggest results) first. Then take care of the “small rocks” (your lower priorities).

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Time is our precious resource. It is perishable, it is irreplaceable, and it cannot be saved. It can only be reallocated from activities of lower value to activities of higher value.

Time management refers to how you schedule and organize your time for different activities.

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Getting an early start

Plan your morning the night before and stick to your plan. 
If a new task comes in that isn’t 100% urgent, designate a time that you’ll work on it uninterrupted or try to delegate the problem solving as much as possible until you have time to deal with it.

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