Get productive by re-locating your time
How have you been spending your time lately? We don’t mean to hark on you, (not our style) but we are genuinely curious where your day takes you. When you go to work, what does that look like? When you do arrive – wherever you are – what are you doing and how do you get into your work flow? Lastly, do you recognize when you are half-working vs fully working? It’s a lot to think about – eventually we all settle into a routine and don’t think about these things anymore. But, it’s summertime and the distractions are high so maybe it’s time we start thinking more intentionally about the smaller moments that make up our day and how productive we are.
After working in collaboration with and around people from so many different industries, we’ve come to learn that there is a very fine line between work and play and walking that line can at times be quite a challenge. When you reflect back on your day and start to label the things you do throughout it as productive and not productive, you might gain a sense of clarity as to how you spend your days at work.
Speaking from experience, getting into a routine that not only encourages you to work but allows you to work smarter can be hard to create. Sometimes, even when we do have our routine figured out, we can be in and out of productivity depending on so so so many factors including but not limited to: weather, life, being a human, etc.
Yet we all have the same amount of hours in the day it’s just how we spend them that differs. Re-locating your time can be especially useful if you are looking to up your productivity rate. Especially in the summer when distractions are high, re-organizing your time might be the valuable activity you need to feel more productive. If you find that more often than not, you are spending your time half-working, learn to recognize what that looks like so you are better equipped on how to turn it around and make it productive. At Werklab for example, we like to meditate by using Muse for ten minutes to re-focus. Alternatively, you can often find our members picking up a book from our in-house library to take a serious five in the bean bag corner. Look for these gaps in time that you would label as unproductive more pro-actively and see what you get up to when you notice them.
Keep in mind, you have to be kind to yourself, especially during the summer when the stakes and weather seem so high and when it’s especially difficult to really hunker down and just get to work. Here’s my suggestion: always be on the look-out for more time. Track the way you spend your time for a day: when you begin, what sets the tone and the order in which you do things. Find a system that works for you so by the end of the day you are able to reflect on what you’ve done throughout the work week and are able to label what was considered productive and what should be considered unproductive. Then, take action and re-locate your time where need be.