6 Tips on How to Design Your Day

6 tips day design productivity

It’s all in designer’s hands

If you weren’t happy with yesterday, try sth different today. Do better. As Steve Jobs used to say Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. And this is what you want to do with your time and schedule – make it work! I want to help you with that and that’s why I created a short list of tips and factors affecting productivity to help you make it happen. Enjoy!

1.       Find  motivation

Need more than a coffee to get started? Find sth that will motivate you for the whole day. It may be a quote, a song, or a task that will be a pure pleasure or the one that will really move your work forward. Sometimes a good beginning can make our day way more productive and pleasurable. Nice starter makes you even more hungry for the main dish.
Day design - factors affecting productivity

2.       Make a list

Get it out of your head and put it on the paper, in excel or any time management tool (If you’re looking for the method for you, check out: 8 Methods to Solve Your Problems with Task Management). Then pick 3 to 4 most important tasks. Write them down. Are you focusing on what matters? Remember about migrating assignments from the previous day. Altogether it will free your mind and give you a perfect picture of the day.

3.       Schedule it

Block out your roadmap for the day. It’s the little details that are important. Little things make big things happen. So don’t rush and try covering the whole daytime piece by piece. Too much to do? Move it to the next day but keep in mind that it may not be the fault of too many tasks. It may be the matter of… time. Time is what we want most but what we usually use worst. But don’t you worry, the right moment to change it is now.

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4.       Keep the time

To get the best of your time – track it. That takes your day to the next level of productivity. First time after using a timekeeping app is special. It will never be the same again. This kinf of app gives you what any boards and columns with tasks won’t – a real-time image. No matter how busy you are, you must take the time to control your work. Be aware of checkpoints and become flexible. That’s already half of success in today’s fast-changing business environment.

Day design - factors affecting productivity

5.       Focus and minimize distractions

If you are able to track the time easily you will be more focused and ready to win the game. But to get even better results it’s great to organize your work and put everything in one place. It may be surprising how much time we spend switching windows on our desktops or looking for one of the thousands of bookmarks, files or comments. Timble can actually help you with this one because it gathers info. and synchronizes (both ways) with Jira and Trello. However if you’re lack of focus is more about your environment you should definitely try escaping with some relaxing music.

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6.       Big picture

End the day well. Make a list of things that you have accomplished and be proud of it. To be a champion, you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing. It’s about hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about realizing that it was all worth it and about not being afraid. I guess people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge. This may be considered one of the factors that are most affecting for productivity . So remember – you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

Daria

Marketing/Growth Hacking Assistant at Timble, Italian cuisine and bike rides lover. Trying to figure out all the ways to make managing work a piece of cake.

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