Here at Catapult, we have our own techniques for maximizing our workday. Time is the most valuable asset, so why not do your best to make the most of it? That’s why we’ve tried to focus on this not only in our personal lives but in our software as well. Below we have some tips that we all personally use here to the fullest (and we mean it)!
Wake Up Early!
Our first tip for maximizing your workday is to maximize your mornings. Before you ever pick up your phone or computer, start your day by spending a few minutes doing something you enjoy. This could be as simple as sitting at the table having a cup of coffee. Beginning your day with intention rather than immediately diving into work while still laying in bed sets a positive tone for your whole day.
Dedicate Blocks Of Time For Email
Setting aside specific blocks of time for email ensures you aren’t getting sidetracked every time a notification comes through. Depending on your day-to-day workflow, set some morning and afternoon blocks for email and follow-ups. During these dedicated timeframes, you can solely focus on managing and responding to e-mails.
There is nothing more satisfying than ticking off item after item on a to-do list. A large part of productivity is both a solid mindset and the action of crossing off tasks on a to-do list. This helps create a sense of efficiency throughout the workday.
Batching work is a specific technique to increase productivity. Group similar tasks together and knock them out during a specific task time. This could mean grouping all of the phone calls you need to make and doing them one right after another rather than making one phone call and then switching to emails or reviewing content. Batching reduces start-up time and creates momentum.
One of my past leaders used to do walking touch-base meetings. The casual approach often brought out so much creativity and felt so much more personal than a stuffy conference room once a month. If there was anything I needed to follow up on or notes we needed to cover we often just scratched them down in the notes app on our phones.
Communicate & Delegate
Just because you’re working remotely, doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Utilize technology to communicate with your team and delegate tasks in the same way you would if you were in a physical office space. Communication is the most important element of collaboration to make sure the right people are working on the right tasks.