Mastering the art of productivity
22nd February 2019
Whether you’re incredibly passionate about your legal job or studies, concentration and productivity can always dwindle and that’s just the nature of everyday working life. But there are many ways you can increase concentration levels, improve productivity and generally make your day a whole lot more rewarding.
In this article, we uncover some of the best ways to keep your head in the game through busy and high pressured situations.
Get Rid of Distractions
Whether your distractions are other people, objects or other work, they can be truly distracting and disallow you to focus on the real task in hand. Particularly in the law sector, high pressured and important situations require a meticulous level of concentration, something unachievable with unavoidable distractions.
Take note of those distractions, find common patterns and remove these from your working environment, you’ll soon find that you can concentrate to a whole new level with little distractions around you. Rebecca Kirk, Life and Career Coach talks about removing these distractions from your work environment. “Identify any time-wasters or energy-drainers that affect your workflow - keep a log of them across a week and see what patterns emerge.”
Take Regular Breaks
Bustle has recently reported that everyone should take a break away from their desk, allowing a refresh in brain activity. “It makes perfect sense that our attention span and concentration need to be rebooted, so to speak, at several points throughout the day. Studies have shown that just getting away from our desk to take a walk in a park (or anywhere you can find some nature) is exactly what the brain needs to regroup and get itself back on track to focusing.”
Taking regular breaks is a great way of refreshing your concentration levels, allowing you to return to work at full capacity. Rebecca also comments on this. “Take regular breaks – it seems counter-intuitive but resting your body and your mind (even just for 10 minutes at a time) will keep you fresh and in touch with the flow of your work.”
Set Yourself Goals
Setting yourself daily goals is a great way to make sure you achieve your targets. Make these goals achievable, but ones that’ll challenge you, this is the best way to get the most out of your day.
“Set yourself 3 to 5 goals which really motivate you and sense check everything you do against these goals.” says Rebecca.
It’s also a good idea to set yourself some long-term goals that can keep you motivated for a longer period of time. Challenge yourself to finish a large chunk of work, get a promotion or a pay rise, all of these goals are easily achievable and do-able with the right mindset and motivation.
Eat, Sleep and Exercise
Mikaela from She Almighty has some top advice about looking after number one. “Look after number one: eat well, sleep well, make time for exercise and chill time.”
Motivation and concentration go hand-in-hand with eating well and exercising. Making sure your body is in the best shape possible is a great way to make sure your brain is working at full capacity. Incorporate a lunchtime run into your workday or join a gym that is local to your area, you really will feel a whole new lease of life when sat back in that office chair.
Health Harvard recently reported on their website that exercise is one of the best ways to book brain power: “Exercise boosts your memory and thinking skills both directly and indirectly. It acts directly on the body by stimulating physiological changes such as reductions in insulin resistance and inflammation, along with encouraging production of growth factors — chemicals that affect the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance, survival, and overall health of new brain cells.”
Mikaela recommends a variety of tactics: “The key to being productive is being intentional in what you are doing. Of course, it helps if you are excited about the task at hand and you are motivated by the why and what you are doing it for. Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve or a goal that is SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound will help you to create focus and momentum. So will having a roadmap and action plan. But productivity isn’t just about ticking things off a to-do list, it is about meaningful and impactful action that will take you closer to the desired result. Super productive people are highly intentional with their time, they know what they are doing and why at any given moment and they put boundaries in place to protect it whether that be for going to the gym, working on a significant project or spending time with family.”
Planning is key, and although some people may think that a planner or diary is a silly idea, it’s not! Being able to write down goals, daily tasks and various other productive messages to yourself is a perfect way to keep the constant motivation flowing. It avoids the worry of forgetting tasks, losing track of jobs or jotting down important information. A planner is an all-round great way of keeping track of day-to-day activities.
“Create regular time and space for when and where you know you are at your best (if you’re a morning person, hit those tasks first thing and if you work best with no distractions, take yourself off to a quiet place where you can focus on an important task).” Says Rebecca.
Love Your Job
“Spend a few minutes imagining what you want to achieve at work or in your life and how good it’s going to feel when you get there.” Says Rebecca.
The perfect way to stay motivated and driven is to love the job that you’re in. If you enjoy what you’re doing as a career, motivation and drive will come naturally.
If you’re looking to enter the law sector, then read our blog ‘Tips for getting a dream lawyer job’ and find out what it takes to land yourself in a dream position.