As we know from Maslow's hierarchy of needs, each time more of our basic needs are met, we’re able to focus on higher endeavors. The same can be true of our workspace and productivity. I don’t know about you, but the more productive I can be in order to achieve success faster, the better! Here are my five workspace tips for you on how to increase productivity and accelerate your success:
In the pursuit of our dreams and goals, you and I have a tendency to get carried away. It’s not necessarily our fault; we live in a world and culture that says busier is better, even if it comes at the cost of our health, relationships, and joy. I’m here to propose that sometimes in order to speed up, we need to slow down. We cannot always be running at 100%, or else we are going to burn out (which is NEVER a pretty process, #uglycry). How then, do we avoid burnout and do this “slowing down” thing? I’m so glad you asked. ;-)
Saying no to the seemingly endless requests for your time is a popular idea right now on how to be successful. Here’s the premise: stop saying yes to everything that everyone asks you to do. Do you really need to be at every bake sale at your kids’ school? Do you really have to volunteer on this committee and that committee? Do you truly have to help that family member with that huge favor they asked of you? The answer is no. No, you don’t have to do everything you’re asked to do.
I know how easy it is to let life carry you away. We get swept up in the daily grind and forget to even think about taking time for ourselves (forget about actually setting aside time for it!). But guess what? We can’t keep running on empty. Every day we are slammed with a bazillion different stress factors, from responsibilities at our job to picking up baby from daycare to planning healthy meals to being inundated with too much technology (ahem, social media). There is just too much going on in our lives to not take the time to allow ourselves to breathe.
If you’re interested in how to be successful, then one of the first things you want to know is your arsenal of strengths and how you’re coming across to others. Why? Because being as self-aware as possible is always a good thing! Here are three great reasons why you want to be aware of your strengths and how you’re coming across to others: