Herman’s Top 6 Tips to Empower you to Achieve More in 2020
It’s a new year, and January is always a great time to step back, take a deep breath, and think about changes you can make to your daily routine to set yourself up for success. It’s also important to remember that “success” is not limited to business. We all want to be successful not only at work but also in our relationships and our health and fitness. At the same time, most of us feel like we’re always busy, with our proverbial plates so full it seems impossible to add things or change what we’re doing and how we do it. We feel you! With that in mind, we’ve put together some simple but effective things you can do that will empower you to achieve more in 2020:
Sleep Better. There is no shortage of studies showing the benefits of sleep (and the detriments of sleep deprivation). It may seem counterintuitive, but adding hours to your day by sleeping less does not mean you are adding productivity. Being refreshed with a good night’s sleep will make your waking hours far more productive and enjoyable vs. adding a few hours where you are tired and not operating at your best. Sleeping well is not just about how long you are asleep – the quality of your sleep is as essential. Creating the right sleep environment can have a very positive impact on the quality of your sleep. Is your mattress right for you? Is the lighting, temperature, and sound in your bedroom appropriate for what makes you sleep your best? And with all the gadgets, from fitness trackers to smartwatches, to smartphones, to smart beds and pillows, it has never been easier to track your sleep patterns and figure out what works best for you to get a great night of sleep.
Schedule Everything & Focus. Ok, not really everything, but if you schedule meetings throughout your day, you may also consider productivity enhancers like blocking time in your calendar to work on specific tasks or projects. You can also use focus enhancing methods like the Pomodoro Technique to help stay on task and avoid interruptions. Perhaps the most valuable thing you can schedule, however, is some quiet time just to think, or take a walk. Quiet moments are often when the best ideas and motivations come.
Don’t Answer the Phone. Constant interruptions are a sure way to slow down your ability to achieve more. By definition, a phone call is an interruption. The solution is simple – don’t answer! Unless a call comes in from a preferred family member or is an expected priority, ignore it. If it is important, the caller will leave a message. If it’s not important, you’ll still have a record of the call in your missed calls. Then you can schedule a time (see above) when it suits you and not the callers, to listen to messages and return calls as you see fit, on your terms. Just because your phone is always with you doesn’t mean you always have to use it. Same with text messages. Try turning off your notifications and then review and reply to text messages when you want to, not the instant they arrive.
Take Control of your Inbox. Truly taking control of your email inbox is not about clearing it and reaching “inbox zero.” True control means you respond to emails according to your schedule and priorities, not the sender’s. The fact that an email has arrived most recently and sits at the top of your inbox doesn’t mean that the email is important or demands your immediate attention. Last in does not have to be first out, yet our natural inclination is to start at the top of our inbox and work our way down, regardless of the sender or content. That’s a mistake. You can use filters to put emails in folders instead of your inbox. You can schedule a time (see above) to respond to emails, and when you do, do it in offline mode and turn off your internet connection to ensure you won’t be interrupted or distracted by incoming emails. Then write and respond to emails based on your priorities and not by where they sit in your inbox.
Set Goals and Manageable Tasks. Both personally and professionally, it’s important to set goals and keep them in mind every day. If you get in the car and start driving aimlessly, you probably won’t end up anywhere of interest or value. The same is true when considering ways you can achieve more. Your goals are the destinations you are working toward. Breaking down your goals into manageable tasks is the most efficient way to achieve your goals. Your tasks are like the directions to your destination. Each task completed is like a turn taken to get you closer to your goal. Even the most ambitious goal is more readily attainable if you break it down into smaller tasks you can reasonably complete. The important thing is to make sure that each task you set moves you closer to the ultimate goal.
Herman can Help. And of course, if you are a Pro AV integrator, working with Herman to consolidate your product procurement and expand your labor capabilities is another sure way for you to achieve more in 2020!
Happy New Year 🙂
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