6 ways to have a productive Wednesday | Ladders

Monday and Tuesday have already come and gone. It's officially the middle of the work week. Here's how to make your Wednesday go as smoothly as possible.
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6 ways to have a productive Wednesday

Monday and Tuesday have already come and gone, and it’s officially the middle of the work week. Congratulations on making it halfway through!

Here’s how to make your Wednesday, when it’s easy to lose momentum, go as smoothly as possible — before you know it, Friday will already be knocking on your door.

Prioritize the difficult assignments

Don’t put them off — you won’t be able to bury them forever.

Writer and essayist Nicolas Cole writes on Inc. about what unproductive people do — including “accidentally” negating “their hardest tasks.”

“Making to-do lists is easy. Responding to emails is easy. Taking calls (no matter how unnecessary) is easy. What’s difficult is thinking through how you’re going to solve a specific problem you’re currently facing. What’s difficult is creating that custom proposal for that one client whose industry you know nothing about,” Cole writes. “Unproductive people find every reason in the world to prioritize making another to-do list over digging into their hardest tasks. Productive people do the opposite.”

Don’t be a computer zombie — head outside for a walk

An object at rest, stays at rest… you know the drill.

While letting your eyes glaze over as you slog through the day can be a tempting option (kidding), you’ll probably need to take some time away from your desk to truly focus. So go outside for a quick walk and a breath of fresh air.

Who knows? You might even want to pull a Steve Jobs and switch to walking meetings.

Hands off the phone!

More time scrolling through social media feeds on your phone means less time crossing things off your to-do list. Try hiding your phone somewhere that isn’t in plain view as you work at your desk —  it might just be out of sight, out of mind.

Also turn off certain notifications so you have fewer opportunities for distraction.

Hit a roadblock? Think of yourself as someone else

Science says that thinking of yourself in the third person can help you combat stress. Put some space in between you and your problems to help decrease your anxiety.

If that doesn’t work for you, imagine that your friend is in the situation instead.

Do something to enjoy life outside of work

Whether you love your job or are just getting by, work shouldn’t be your everything.

Revisit that page-turner you stopped reading a while back, spend time with family or friends, or get back in touch with your hobby at a class after work.

Plan out the next day

Alan Carniol, founder of Interview Success Formula and member of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), writes about “time blocking” in Fast Company.

“Writing down what needs to get done the night before is a great way to ensure you start your workday strong. Sound simple? It is—but it’s something many of us have forgotten how to do. To take it a step further, though, turn your to-do list into a full-fledged schedule using the time-blocking method, he writes. “Before you go to bed, make a list of all your assignments, meetings, and tasks for the day ahead. Start by organizing your phone calls and meetings by time. From there, you can fill in any free hours with the day’s assignments in order of priority.”