5 essential steps for planning a productive day at work

The word production can have negative connotations. It almost gives a sense of being disengaged and busy, suggesting that there could be some loss in the occupational engagement process by the way that the tasks are carried out. The Phraseology in auto pilot could be relevant.

Every day there are opportunities and endless possibilities arising out of our planned and unplanned situations, circumstances and meetings.

Our days are unique, in that each one brings its own challenges, excitement and learning.

Fulfilling a purpose as part of our day is essential to the job and progress in our work, bringing meaning and personal satisfaction. By identifying what is an essential task for the day ahead, identifies our thoughts, they contribute to our mood, as well as the recognition of how we need to progress our day. It is essential to the quality of our performance to see, to visualise our best self as part of our daily planning. It is possible to see our day ahead and visualise those difficult discussions and challenges with a sense of ease, calmness and inbuilt trust in a positive final outcome.

How do we differentiate between a productive day and busyness?

  1. Knowing, feeling and recognising the difference between quality and busyness in our production.
  2. Acknowledge the gaps and spaces of your experience, recognising the contrast between activities or sharing an unrelated work moment with someone else, giving us space in production.
  3. Start with yourself, by engaging your best self, do what enables you to prepare, to be fully present in the experiences you are about to have, meditation, reading, walking or sitting still.
  4. Prepare your information, people, communication and diary. Where do you engage and concentrate at your best for the task ahead, is it at home, the office, a shared space or public place? What is the one task you would want to complete as being essential at this time?
  5. Consider the outcome and the impact you want to create, as well as the balance of work breaks, fun, friends and family.

It is well researched that our most productive work can be completed in a 4 hour day.

The meaning of success is a relative definition, our own achievement of what is successfully achieved daily, is important, as it is about our own unique purpose. Within our daily plan there could be our own longer term plans, those that incorporate doing something that does not include our current role or employment. If we are working for an employer our vision and future purpose could be something we want to plan outside of the day job. Enabling a sense of fullness and completion may not be entirely about how we operate in the day job.

Never underestimate the value of leisure time and work life balance with friends, family and community, it is this time that supports and creates engagement, connections and our quality of life as it exists now and in the future. One day this time, will form the majority of our time and our thought investment and the productive work we do now depends upon how well we have invested in this time previously, as a part of our productive day.

Author: Hazel Rowell-Peverley  www.fullcirclehrconsultancy.co.uk

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