A workday is typically eight hours. Seems like a long time, right? As any working person with a demanding job knows, it’s not – the hours seem to fly by and it feels like you just don’t have enough time to meet your deadline.
So then begs the question: what is the most effective way to be productive with your hours? Let’s break this down by hours to be more specific – what is the best way to spend one hour to achieve the most you can? We all know each hour is precious in the working world.
Luckily, there are some steps you can add to your daily routine to be productive for not just one hour, but every single day.
Wake up early & take an hour for yourself
Feel like there’s never enough time in the day? Waking up early gives your body time to wake up and process what you need to do.
Some people use the early morning time to focus on mental health, such as meditating, listening to music or journaling their intentions for the day. Prioritizing your health (especially if you have a high-stress job) is essential in being productive. If anything, spending your one hour checking in with yourself is one of the most productive things you can do – if you are overwhelmed and stressed out, you won’t perform well in your career.
Create a list/goals
Another way to productively use an hour is to create a list of your goals, intentions and what you need to get accomplished that day. Sometimes, we can feel overwhelmed by the amount of tasks we need to get done that our job demands from us. If we can take a step back to realistically figure out what needs to be done today versus tomorrow, you can prioritize your focus on one or two tasks instead of a million, making your hour of work more productive.
Put your phone away
While cell phones are necessary for work, try to avoid going online as a means to distract yourself or procrastinate. It can be so easy to feel overwhelmed and unmotivated, and to pass time scrolling through social media. This, however, is a poor decision – that absent-minded scrolling can lead to a lot of wasted time.
Try muting or putting away your phone, computer or anything else that would tempt you to avoid doing your tasks. Sometimes putting it out of sight with the volume down can help prevent distraction. When you complete your one hour of work, then you can check and take a five-minute phone break. Having that incentive to finish your work to check your phone is a way to motivate yourself.
While it may seem like a small amount of time, one hour can be very productive – if you use the time wisely.