“Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
It is early morning. You've had your breakfast and done your morning routine.
So you head out into your day. And in a short while you'll sit down in school or at your job and get started with your daily work.
But how can you get that work done in a way that is less stressful, less energy consuming and simply a bit smarter?
Today I’d like to share 10 tips that have helped me with that.
I hope you will find something here that will help you too to simplify and relaxify your own daily work.
1. Do just one thing at a time.
It will help you to get your task all the way to done, to feel less stressed and confused and you’ll do a better job compared to if you multi-task things.
And if you feel stressed and overwhelmed during your day then you can tell yourself this simple thing to regain focus and inner clarity again.
2. Keep a minimalistic workspace.
It makes it easier to keep your focus and attention in the right place and to keep your thinking clear.
I keep a workspace with just a wooden desk, a chair, my laptop, a larger screen and a glass of water or mug of tea on that desk.
3. Go slow.
One good way to do more focused work is to go a bit slower than you may usually do.
I have also found that by just doing something at a slower pace it feels less like a mental burden and so I am less likely to procrastinate.
From time to time ask yourself:
What one task during my day or week can I simply eliminate and not do with few or no consequences?
It's easy to just keep doing everything simply because “you should” or because you’ve always done so.
So question how you go about things to free up energy and time. There is often room to at least simplify a bit through elimination.
5. Cycle 100% focused work with 100% full rest.
This is a big one for me.
By doing things this way you'll help yourself to keep your mental sharpness and energy up for the whole day and workweek.
I do this by setting the timer-app on my phone for 20 minutes (or sometimes just 5-10 minutes).
During those minutes I only focus on the one task at hand and it becomes easier to do so because I know that I only have to do it for this limited time period.
When the timer beeps I leave my work for 5-15 minutes. During those minutes I focus only on resting by having a snack, taking a short walk or by relaxing with my eyes…