It’s a new year, which means making and breaking lots of promises to yourself about the long-list of things you’re going to change in 2019. But you don’t have to break them and one of the key things to remember is you don’t have to start trying to move mountains – small tweaks to your daily routines can work wonders.
If you’re a start-up, work from home or a freelancer, then let’s face it, there are a lot of things that can distract you during the day if you’re not in a traditional working environment. Here are 5 changes to improve your productivity.
The amount of time you can spend on emails is crazy. When you add up all the time it takes to clear your inbox, you’ve already amassed 100 more in the meantime. Often, the back and forth of email communication can be avoided with a quick call or a meet-up and it leaves you with more time to actually do your main job.
When you work from home etc, this isn’t always possible, but at Hyde Park House, we have several meeting rooms and facilities for you to choose from, so you can easily meet-up with clients and collaborators. Refreshments are on hand too and you can have a professional setting to throw ideas around.
Working out how you function best is an important component in tweaking your productivity. Do some experiments and try to find the times of the day that you’re more alert and better at getting stuff done. Once you find this time, try to set it aside and optimize it so you can get as much work done as possible. Play around with ways of working too – blasting through tasks in 25 minute bursts and then having 5 minute breaks, or just working in the morning and leaving the afternoon for admin. It’s up to you, but finding your best way of working can help you to succeed.
Doing work in a coffee shop or at home has its advantages, but you can also become really distracted by all manner of things – a crying child, your phone, food! Having a co-working space or office that you can use as and when you need it can be a fantastic way to get yourself into a more professional frame of mind when you really need to knuckle down and get stuff done – seeing other people concentrating can peer-pressure you into working harder. At Hyde Park House, we can help out with this too and have packages available, so you can use office space when you need to.
Being organised is a pretty crucial component in staying productive. A marketing dashboard or software that can help to keep you on track is really helpful for knowing where you are at and what you need to do next. It’s sort of like your second brain and there are plenty of software tools out there such as Asana, Slack etc that you can use as a calendar, messaging app and follow up on task and leads.
For more advice or if you’re interested in any of the facilities we’ve talked about, contact Hyde Park House today.