The length of our work day and the amount of work we need to complete in that time share an inversely proportional relationship. Never-ending deadlines and critical projects- the work keeps piling up and the days just feel shorter in comparison. Productivity needs to be at an all-time high. So how do we manage, this conundrum. Sometimes it’s just better to get some sound advice. How about looking at some of the busiest business leaders around and seek their productivity tips on how they manage their stressful days.
Working out. It’s what the Virgin Group Chairman, Richard Branson believes in. Exercise is an often and sadly neglected aspect of our lives. With all the hours of sitting those professionals of today put in and the kind of food that goes into our system, staying healthy is critical to our productivity. Sedentary lifestyles put the majority of today’s professionals at risk and working out needs to be an essential part of our routines.
Get the things that are easier done first – that’s what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has to say. He believes that getting some of the easier tasks on that To-Do list done and dusted with actually helps us to achieve something in the day.
A Vacation. Let also take a look at what Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo does to keep her up to speed. A Vacation, a much needed one, for all of us. She takes a week long break once every quarter to keep her rejuvenated and pepped up for what lies ahead.
Prioritization. Tony Schwartz, CEO of the Energy Project believes in the mantra of prioritization. He firmly believes that prioritization will help us get at least one significant activity completed. This is because we can focus all our energies on that one action and see it to the end. Keeping all other activities that slowly eat up time at bay, we chip away at that all important activity.
Delegate, delegate, delegate. Neal Blumenthal, CEO of Warby Parker believes that one of the single most important skills to maximizing productivity is to be able to delegate skillfully. To be able to hand over activities seamlessly and in turn nurture teams that can deliver optimally is the key to success.
Stand up meetings. Some of us who are accustomed to the ‘Agile’ methodology may surely have heard of this critical component in the agile framework. CEO, Kevin Chou of Kabam does exactly that. He holds a ten minute stand-up meeting with his direct team the first thing in the morning. The idea here is to understand what people are going to do through the day. A productive team is what keeps him productive and what better way to do it than to know exactly what will be achieved during the day
So the next time you seem to be in a muddle. When the days seem short and the work appears to be much. Try out these productivity tips. See what works for you and have a fabulously productive day.