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How to Make Every Work Day Efficient and Effective

Updated on April 13, 2012
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On one hand, many people enjoy what they do for a living. On the other, many people do not. But whether you find yourself on one side or the other, the best way to make each day feel like an accomplished, successful and worthwhile occasion is to be efficient and effective.

Think of it this way, perhaps you find that you’re stuck in a rut, completing seven tasks per day, every day. That is all you have time to do and you find that each day starts slow and just when you hit your stride at quarter-past-four, your work day is over and you’re on your way home. What if you were able to fit in some things YOU wanted to do? Would that make your day feel less monotonous? It should.

Life, unless you’re living your dreams, cannot be about your occupation (though I’d still argue that even if you’re living your dream and making money that your occupation STILL shouldn’t be all-consuming). You’ve only got 100 years on this earth, so wasting 10 plus hours a day getting to work and working for someone else cannot be the meaning of your life.

By becoming more efficient and effective in the tasks that you need to complete as part of your job everyday, you’ll find that you’ll have more time to do things you enjoy: writing a blog, taking photographs, talking with friends, etc.

I understand that many jobs don’t allow you to do non-work related tasks during office hours, but at the very least, the tips listed below can make you more efficient at doing the tasks you need to perform and complete everyday.

One of the best ways to start your day off is by feeling good. How many times have you gone to work feeling like you have cloaked yourself with a lead blanket? How many times have you spent the first two and a half hours of the work day wishing you had picked up a cup of coffee before you got to work that day? Well, to start off your day on the best possible foot, you need to be awake and aware, like an athlete, before you walk through those company doors.

One of the best ways to ensure you’re awake in the mornings is to wake up half an hour earlier and force yourself to work out! Just the movement in the morning will get your blood pumping, and you’ll start to feel healthier, and more confidence and awake when you go to work. If you don’t feel like working out that particular morning, at least you’re up half and hour early! That way you can get to the coffee shop before work!

The next tip to ensure efficiency and effectiveness is to calculate your most productive hours. Human beings are not machines and, despite what employers would like to assume, cannot work with their head down for eight plus hours a day. Human beings also get distracted, which also leads to procrastination. So, today or tomorrow, do your best to work for a full day, paying attention to the times when you’re most effective and efficient. Some people just cannot get things up to speed before 11 a.m. Some people lose energy and efficiency at 3p.m... Whichever type of person you are, shape your work day around your most effective hours. Make sure you force yourself to perform the cognitive-heavy tasks during those hours and for the time that you’re procrastinating? Check email, do the social media thing, make the phone calls…

By making sure you’re using your time to its full potential, you’ll start to feel more accomplished and fulfilled. If you’re not stressing about work when you’re at home, and know that tomorrow will be another effective day in which you complete everything you need to do, you’ll start to change your outlook on life. Life will not become work-oriented, and instead your occupation will just be an embellishment on the chandelier that is your life.

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    • manofmystery24 profile image

      manofmystery24 5 years ago

      Very good hub on this subject. This needs to be communicated more often. Most people work without these suggestions and carry that "That's just the way it is attitude." Life is about so much more than working 8-10 hour shifts. You may get money, but I think people feel empty when all they do is work. You can't just do work all the time or you'll find yourself having no life. You gotta make room for your personal relationships and your passions. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good tips and suggestions. I look forward to more of your work. Thank you for the follow and best wishes to you and yours.