Regardless of where you are in your career and your life, there’s always more to do. The endless parade of tasks can seem overwhelming, particularly with a backdrop of life’s little details. How can you finish all of your freelance work in time to take the kids to soccer practice? How can you balance your drive to volunteer with a 9-5 job? Or even start a business after retirement?
Balancing work, personal life, and everything in between can be difficult. Fortunately, many tactics for productivity make sense across every career milestone.
Invest In Good Internet
There’s no escaping the use of internet in all matters professional and personal. Investing in a fast internet plan is helpful to ensuring the least downtime and most productivity possible. Slow load times have the potential to break the flow of your work and lead to unnecessary frustration. Multiple testing tools available online can help you diagnose the issues with your computer’s speed and discover a solution that fits your budget.
One Thing At A Time
Research has found that, no matter what people say, most are bad at multitasking. The brain is not wired to focus on more than one task at a time. Distractions such as notifications, texts, emails, and side tasks can lose you a surprising amount of time as you switch between them. Ingraining habits like multitasking can be detrimental to both your stress levels and productivity. Consider identifying the tasks you switch between and eliminating as many as you can.
Some Distractions Can Be Good
Yes, multitasking is bad. But accounting for breaks between major tasks can give you room to breathe and help you reset your mind. Listening to music can be a big component in focus, though certain types of instrumental tracks are better than lyric-heavy pieces. Even just catching up on news or giving yourself time to do nothing between tasks can be healthy and lead to renewed focus when you get back to it.
Block Out Your Day
If you’re having trouble finding time for everything, budget your time as much as possible. Start with the events you know for a fact will be happening and work your way down to tasks that are low priority. Make preparations in advance if you can; even something as simple as meal prep can take another stress out of your schedule. If you have a plan in advance, it’s easier to hold yourself accountable for getting tasks done.
Improve Your Space
Whether you work in an office, a home office, or somewhere else entirely, it’s always worth investing in ways to make your space as pleasant as possible. Plants have been proven to improve happiness and energy by simulating an outside environment, and organization and decluttering can reduce distractions and foster good habits that can carry into all aspects of your life.