You have probably heard this before – it’s not always about working harder, but working smarter. And that’s where mindset comes in, how changing your approach and your mindset can increase your productivity. Here’s four ways you can do just that.
1. Take a Breather
We often feel like we are burrowing through a mountain of work and cannot take a moment to rest or we will fall further behind. This is exactly the right time to take a breather, to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, to get a handle on exactly what you are doing and what needs to change to be productive.
This will help you to get some idea of what is truly necessary and what you can eliminate or delegate. It helps you restore some sense of control, to realize that you are the one making the choices of what to do, which will help you to refocus, reprioritize and be more productive.
2. Prioritize Your To-Do List
As new tasks and obligations come up, people simply add them to their to-do list. But a change in mindset can help here as well. Rather than simply throwing the task onto the to-do list, adding a new task should be seen as an agreement, an agreement to take on the task. This again gives you more of a sense of control and helps you to be more particular about the new tasks or obligations you take on.
3. Reflect On the “Why”
Too often we get caught up in the weeds of our work, focusing on process and all the measurements of our performance in that process. Keeping the focus on the outcome of your work will help you accomplish what you want to, once you take a step back to think about why you are doing the work. You need to focus on the outcome you want, and this will help to restore meaning to your work.
4. Focus On What is Important
There is a difference between being busy and being productive. Often, we simply tackle assignments as they come to us or spend our time putting out fires. But we need to change our mindset to think about what is really important, stick to a schedule, and complete your biggest priorities first. It also helps to set aside specific blocks of time both for your most important tasks and for tasks that come up throughout the day.
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