Let's look at a typical workday.
Wake up at 5:00 am to get ready and have some personal time, hit the road at 6:00 am to avoid traffic and get to the office by 8:00 am to start work.
Run through the activities for the day, have lunch at noon, and realise that the day is almost ending and you still need to accomplish something you set out to do.
Close at 5:00 pm and sit in unending traffic, only to continue the cycle with a fresh batch of tiredness and lack of productivity each day.
6:00 am - 8:00 am
Suppose we consider our typical day work scenario as a blueprint. In that case, in between commuting from home to your workplace, you can try something that would lighten your mood and keep your mind from work ahead.
Take Yaa Antwi, our template for a revamped productivity guru. In starting her day in the banking industry, she listens to a motivational podcast in the morning, such as The School of Greatness or the Daily Boost (Career Group Companies, n.d.), preparing her mind for any mental strain work might involve. Other times, she listens to loud music to adequately wake her up in the morning. On other days, soft, calm music starts her day. Sometimes, we can conquer all that the day has to offer us, but our mindset towards it stands in the way of completing our goal. So clear your head and do something you love.
8:00 am - 9:00 am
As we gear towards another year, what new goals can you hold yourself accountable to? The first goal is to have a to-do list at the start of each day. These lists are the safest bet to keep you focused, no matter how much you chat with your work besties. If you know you need to check things off your to-do list at the end of the day, it will keep you straight and accountable. But don't forget to let yourself breathe like Yaa often does.
Don't box yourself in the to-do lists you set for the day. Instead, be conscious of the items on the list and their priority level. Organise your to-do list to ensure that activities that are top priority are completed at the required or assigned deadline.
For anyone who doesn't mind going all out and loves software that takes care of all productivity needs, you can use apps such as Notion. Or you can be a little old-school by writing down your to-do list in a productivity diary and ticking off completed tasks at the end of the day.