Everyone is different. Some work better when under pressure, others get stressed out easily and love spacious deadlines. I, Chelsea, work wonderfully if I have a proper amount of time to work on a large project, but not well if the first time I’m hearing about it is at 8am and it’s due by 10am. I don’t work terribly well under that kind of pressure. It flusters me, and I’m bound to make far more mistakes and be stressed out the entire time. I need plenty of time to brainstorm, time to create and then re-create.
I’ve discovered ways to help me work better. Maybe you can relate…
Use one program at a time. If I’m finished checking email (which seems like never), I close it. If I’m not browsing the web, I close the browser. Working at a computer all day, it’s easy to “multitask,” but sometimes it makes it harder for me to focus, thus making projects take longer.
Focus on tiny increments. Mentally, it’s helpful for me to think in hour-long increments or so. I then take some kind of mental break — stretch, get a snack, check social media, text a friend — for a couple minutes, then get back to work.
If you’re frustrated, move around. Go outside for some air and vitamin D, clear my head, come back with a fresh mind. It seems like a simple thing, but it helps my sanity stay intact.
Work at your peak time. Like I said above, everyone is different, so everyone has a time of the day when they seem to be able to get more done. For me, that time is the morning. From super early to around lunchtime is my most focused and productive time. My phone isn’t constantly buzzing, I’m the most energized, and my motivation level is high.
Keep healthy snacks within walking distance. This may sound like a weird one, but when my stomach starts growling I get all kinds of distracted. Don’t just work hard, work better, because busyness doesn’t equal productivity. Make tasks take less time, so you can accomplish more and then have time for other, better things.
What are the things that help you work better? I’d love to hear them.