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Coaching Corner: Ways to Stay Productive

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I think we can all agree that the closer we get to an event, the faster time moves. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done. With the numerous deadlines, late nights and endless cups of coffee, it can be hard to stay on top of everything.

These are a few tips to help keep you on track and to help make sure your days are more productive.

Learn when you are Most Productive

Some people are early risers and can get a lot accomplished before lunchtime. Others are night owls and find they pick up speed as the day goes on.

Either way, it is important to learn when you are most productive so you can schedule your harder tasks during that time. By saving something easier for times you know you are less productive, you are less likely to procrastinate and get distracted.

To-Do Lists

To-do lists can be an event planners best friend. It helps you keep track of what you need to do and when you need to do it by. Keep a pad of paper next to your computer to write down any task that comes up. It is an easy way to keep track of your workload and you can prioritize items based on their deadlines.

Another helpful tip is taking 10 minutes and writing down your to-dos the night before. This will help you plan for tomorrow and you will wake up feeling a little more in control of the work you have to do.

Exercise

Exercise and productivity go hand-in-hand. Exercising helps make your brain more effective, which leads to being more productive. When you exercise, there is an increase flow of oxygen to the brain, which helps make your brain more mentally sharp.

Whether it’s hitting the gym, taking your dog for a walk or playing in a recreational sport, make sure to incorporate exercise into your daily routine to help with your productivity.

Eat and Sleep

With your event fast approaching, it is easy to limit the number of hours you sleep or quickly grab a bowl of cereal for dinner. By doing this, you are encouraging your body to be less productive. Our brains and bodies need to be treated well in order to work their best.

Be sure to fuel your body and brain with sleep and nutritious food. Your body and mind will thank you as you will not only have boosts in your energy levels, but you will feel more mentally healthy as well.

Eliminate Distractions

Catching up on your favourite series, logging into social media or surfing the web are all tools we use when we don’t want to work, but it is easy to get caught up in a show and spend hours binge-watching multiple seasons in a row.

It can be hard to avoid these distractions, as most of us need to be on our computer or phone for a large part of the day. There are ways to help eliminate some of the distractions like turning your phone on airplane mode so you are not tempted to go on Facebook or get distracted if someone texts you.

When it is crunch time at work, be sure to put away the phone, close your web browsers, and focus.

Take a Break

While there may be some days you need to work through lunch, it is important to give your mind a break to refresh. Whether it’s grabbing lunch with a friend or taking a walk outside, make sure to give yourself a break and step away from your desk.

Taking these breaks, whether it’s a full lunch hour or small breaks scattered throughout the day, will help you to be more productive.

These are only a few tips on how to make your day more productive. Find what works best for and be sure to share any tips with your fellow industry colleagues.

If you have any questions about this article, student membership or have topics you would like to see in future “Coaching Corner” articles, please don’t hesitate to send a message to students@mpiottawa.ca.

Article written by Meg LaPlante, Independent Planner

Article edited by Rozanne Lyons, CMP, Intertask Conferences

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